Simonetta Agnello Hornby

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Simonetta Agnello Hornby (2012)

Simonetta Agnello Hornby is an Italian novelist and food writer.[1][2] Her novels are international bestsellers, translated in more than twenty languages.[3]


Born in Palermo, Sicily, in 1945, Simonetta Agnello Hornby has spent most of her adult life in England where she worked as a solicitor for the community legal aid firm specialized in domestic violence that she cofounded in 1979. She has been lecturing for many years, and was a part-time judge at the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal for eight years.[4][5] Her debut novel La Mennulara (The Almond Picker) was published in Italy in 2002, and was awarded the Forte Village Literary Prize, The Stresa Prize for Fiction, and the Alassio Prize in 2013. Translated into more than ten languages, it has shortly became an international bestseller.[6] In the following decade, Simonetta Agnello Hornby wrote six more novels: La zia Marchesa (The Marchesa), Boccamurata, Vento Scomposto, La monaca (The nun, winner of the Italian Pen Prize), and Il veleno dell'Oleandro. She has also published memoirs (Via XX settembre,La mia Londra), a collection of short stories (Il male che si deve raccontare), books of recipes and etiquette Un filo d'olio, La cucina del buon gusto). Her last book, Il pranzo di Mosè, was published in Italy in 2014.[7] She lives in London.

Works translated into English[edit]


  • Agnello Hornby, Simonetta (2006). The Almond Picker. Penguin Books Ltd. ISBN 9780141019093. 
  • Agnello Hornby, Simonetta (2007). The Marchesa. Penguin Books Ltd. ISBN 9780141023700. 
  • Agnello Hornby, Simonetta (2012). The nun. Europa Editions UK. ISBN 9781609459109.