Italian author and screenwriter Francesco Dimitri reflects on his lifelong search for wonder and enchantment in the everyday.
Born in Puglia, Italy and now resident in London, Francesco Dimitri is a member of an extremely exclusive club — authors who write in a language that is not their mother tongue. His latest novel Never the Wind is a magical realist fable about family, belonging and coming of age set his native Puglia and will appeal hugely to fans of Susanna Clarke, Eleanor Ferrente and Neil Gaiman. In this episode of the podcast, he reflects on the differences between Italian and British literary culture, the power of reading, and the importance of finding magic and mystery in ordinary life.
There is some swearing in this episode. If you would prefer a beeped version, you can find it here.