My Bookshelf In this section I will post, from time to time, some books from my personal bookshelf – books in which I contributed a piece or feature, or those I am reading for pleasure. My wife Elisabetta’s yummy cookery book published by Bloomsbury in May 2016. Two of the recipes are mine: the pizza and spaghetti alle vongole. For any lovers of Puglia and of simple, healthy food… A great book by Enrico Franceschini on Italians in London. My wife and I feature in Chapter 8 (“Oscar-Winning Publishers”), which talks about how we moved to London and set up our publishing house. This tribute to our gastropod friends, written by Peter Williams, was published by Reaktion in 2009. It contains my ‘Snail’ poem from the Modern Bestiary. It’s fun and, despite its subject, a quick read. This is the August/September 2015 issue of the London Magazine (England’s oldest literary periodical), in which I contributed a piece for the My London section, which you can read here.