Tobias Jones (writer)
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Tobias Jones is a British author and journalist. He was educated at Jesus College, Oxford, and he then worked at the London Review of Books and the Independent on Sunday. He moved to Parma in Italy in 1999. He returned to the UK in 2004. Jones and his wife now manage a ten acre woodland shelter near Shepton Mallet , Somerset called Windsor Hill Wood.
His first book, The Dark Heart of Italy was a bestseller in Britain, Italy and the United States. ("The Dark Heart will ensure Italy remains an object of our fascination". Sebastian Skeaping, The Observer 2003.) Following its publication, he was short-listed for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award.
In January 2007 he published his second book Utopian Dreams (Faber & Faber) after a year spent travelling with his wife Francesca and first daughter Benedetta across five communities in Britain and Italy. The book was featured on BBC Radio 4's Start the Week as well as being Book of the Week on that network. ("a refreshingly old-fashioned belief in the virtue of human community". Ian Thomson writing in The Independent)
Jones' third non-fiction book, Blood on the Altar, is a real-life mystery about the disappearance of a teenager in a church in Potenza in 1993. The case took nearly 20 years to be solved, in which time her family came up against a corrupt church, organised crime and the chronic indifference of the authorities. It was only when a housewife over a thousand miles away in Bournemouth, England, was brutally murdered that the net finally closed in on a hair fetishist from Potenza.
The Salati Case, was the first in a series of crime novels featuring Castagnetti, a bee-keeping private detective in northern Italy. ("Observations like these lift this book above the usual level of the mystery novel". The Scotsman, June 2009)  The second Castagnetti crime novel, White Death, was published in 2011 ("Following his excellent debut...Jones writes with understanding, intelligence and prescience about the country of Berlusconi, bunga-bunga and bungs all round." The Guardian). The Third Castagnetti novel will come out in 2013.
Jones is a regular contributor to the British and Italian press and plays for the England Writers Football team. His obsessions include Fabrizio De Andre, Ross Macdonald and Everton and Parma football teams.
- The Dark Heart of Italy (Faber and Faber) ISBN 978-0-571-23593-3
- Utopian Dreams (Faber and Faber) ISBN 978-0-571-23709-8
- The Salati Case (Faber and Faber) ISBN 978-0-571-22381-7
- White Death (Faber and Faber) ISBN 978-0-571-23713-5
- Blood on the Altar (Faber and Faber) ISBN 978-0-571-27493-2