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My latest book is a novel set on the island of Crete where I’ve lived off and on since I was twenty

Daughters of the Labyrinth

‘An immersive novel, steeped in the history and folklore of Crete: transporting, historically informative story-telling.’
– Sunday Times

‘Entrancing – a wonderfully rich and absorbing novel. Like the best fiction, it tells a compelling story while deepening our understanding of the complexity of our nature. It is also delightful in its evocation of Crete and its many-layered history.’
– The Scotsman

‘Animated by keen imaginative empathy and a strong sense of place, this moving, satisfying, layered novel will transport you to the amethyst Aegean.’
– Daily Mail

‘A moving, superbly written exploration of a family with dark secrets. Crete itself becomes one of the main characters in the story.’
 Irish Times, Best Books 2021

‘A thought-provoking novel of identity, history and our times.’
– The New European

‘It is rare to come across literary fiction as satisfying as Daughters of the Labyrinth. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Authenticity seeps from every page.’
– Jewish Chronicle

‘A slow-burner of a novel, lyrical and psychologically astute.’
– Mail on Sunday

‘I can’t recommend this highly enough. Beautiful, moving, exquisitely layered and compelling. I absolutely loved it.’
– Christina Patterson

‘A daughter’s passionate quest for the truth about what happened to her parents during the German occupation and a sumptuous and sensuous evocation of Crete itself, its landscape and culture.’
– Colm Tóibín

‘She winds us into coils within coils of a family’s history, horrific suffering and intimate sacrifice. She combines dramatic storytelling with moving reflectiveness, asking us to think again about whether it is better to remember or forget?’
– Marina Warner


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Beethoven Italian

My latest collection of poetry is

Beethoven Variations

Poems on the life and music of Beethoven laced with flashes of my own experience playing his music, with a prose mini-bio at the end.

Here is the review in the New York Times

‘Generous, painful, tender, gorgeously lyrical. With precision, heart-breaking beauty and lyric insight, Beethoven comes alive before us.’
Ilya Kaminsky

‘Poetry, biography, music and memoir collide in this wonderful collection. A lyrical journey through the composer’s life, an evocative portrait of the man and his music, and the profound ways it affects listeners and performers.’ 
Tatler, Best Books 2020.

‘Absolutely gorgeous poems, beautifully written. She has a marvellous way of surprising you with hindsight, atmosphere and context. An absolute masterpiece, I love it to pieces.’
– Jessica Duchen, Best Books on Beethoven

‘A fine distillation of his biography, beautifully written, factual but elegant, touching, and funny too.’
– Hudson Review

‘An approach to Beethoven by way of precisely figured emotion. Two lives drawn beneath the lens, the composer’s and her own, interacting in ways that can be bold and, finally, breathtaking. On the Eroica, she is spectacular. The composer is “fire-dust, gold-flight /winching upwards into pure light” as he drives “forward into a new-world dawn /thrilling with dissonance, calling up wild-steel angels.’
– Times Literary Supplement


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