Gaia Servadio

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Gaia Servadio
Gaia Servadio hosting "After Dark" on 11 March 1988.jpg
Hosting After Dark on 11 March 1988
Born 1938 (age 79–80)
Padua, Italy
Residence Belgravia, London, England
Occupation Writer
Spouse(s) William Mostyn-Owen c. 1961—1989
Children Owen (b. 1962), Allegra (b. 1964), Orlando (b. 1973)
Relatives Boris Johnson (former son-in-law)

Gaia Servadio (born 1938) is an Italian writer.

Early life[edit]

Servadio was born in Padua, of Jewish and Sicilian ancestry.[1] She received a bachelor's degree from London's Camberwell School of Art.[1]


Her first novel Tanto gentile e tanto onesta, aka Melinda, was published in 1967 by Feltrinelli in Italy and Weidenfeld & Nicolson in the UK, and was a "a runaway success".[1]

Personal life[edit]

Servadio was married the British art historian William Mostyn-Owen c. 1961—1989, and they had three children, Owen (b. 1962), Allegra (b. 1964) and Orlando (b. 1973).[2] In 1968, they were living in "23 rooms or so" of one wing of Aberuchill Castle, Perthshire, Scotland.[3]

Their daughter Allegra is an art teacher and was the first wife of the politician Boris Johnson.[4] Their son Orlando is an artist and a painter.[5]

Servadio lives in Belgravia, London.[6]



  • Tanto gentile e tanto onesta (Feltrinelli, 1967)
  • Don Giovanni e L'azione consiste (Feltrinelli, 1968)
  • Un'infanzia diversa (Rizzoli, 1988)
  • Il lamento di Arianna (La Tartaruga, 1988)
  • La storia di R. (Rizzoli, 1990)
  • E i morti non sanno (Dario Flaccovio Ed., 2005)
  • Raccogliamo le vele - Autobiografia (Feltrinelli, 2014)



  1. ^ a b c Andrew and Suzanne Edwards (2013-02-16). "From Designer to Journalist: An Interview with Gaia Servadio". Times of Sicily. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  2. ^ Humphrey Burton. "William Mostyn-Owen obituary | Education". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  3. ^ LIFE. Time Inc. 7 June 1968. pp. 83–84. ISSN 0024-3019. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Rachel Helyer-Donaldson (2010-01-08). "Boris Johnson's first wife marries again". Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  5. ^ "Orlando Mostyn Owen | The Royal Drawing School". The Royal Drawing School. Retrieved 2018-06-04. 
  6. ^ "Alain Elkann Interviews Gaia Servadio writer, historian and broadcaster". 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2016-09-25.