Timothy Harold Parks

Timothy Harold Parks (born 19 December 1954) is a British novelist, translator, author, and professor of literature.

Books in order of publication:


Tongues of Flame. 1985.

Loving Roger. 1986.

Home Thoughts, 1987.

Family Planning, 1989. The trials and tribulations of a mother, father, and their children as they cope with the unexpected and sometimes violent behaviour of Raymond, who is suffering from a mental illness but will not agree to professional help.

Cara Massimina, 1990, a murder story first published under the pseudonym “John MacDowell”, but later in the author’s own name. Later released in the US under the title Juggling the Stars.

Goodness, 1991.

Shear, 1993.

Mimi’s Ghost, 1995, sequel of Cara Massimina.

Europa, 1997.

Destiny, 1999.

Judge Savage, 2003.

Rapids, 2005.

Talking About It, 2005. A collection of short stories.

Cleaver, 2006.

Dreams of Rivers and Seas, 2008.

The Server, 2012. Published in paperback as Sex is Forbidden.

Painting Death, 2014. Book 3 in the Cara Massimina trilogy.

Thomas and Mary: A Love Story, 2016.

In Extremis, 2017.

Italian Life: A Modern Fable of Loyalty and Betrayal, 2020.[6]


Italian Neighbours, 1992. Relates how the author and his wife came to a small town near Verona and how they integrate and become accustomed to the unusual habits of their newfound neighbors.

An Italian Education, 1996. Follow up to Italian Neighbours and recounts the milestones in the life of the author’s children as they progress through the Italian school system.

Translating Style, 1997.

Adultery and Other Diversions, 1999.

Hell, and Back: Reflections on Writers and Writing from Dante to Rushdie, 2001.

A Season With Verona, following the fortunes of Hellas Verona F.C. in season 2000–2001.

Medici Money: Banking, Metaphysics, and Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence, 2005.

The Fighter: Essays, 2007.

Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic’s Search for Health and Healing, 2010, Harvill Secker,

Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo, 2013.

Where I’m Reading From: The Changing World of Books, 2014.

The Novel: A Survival Skill, 2015.

A Literary Tour of Italy, 2015.

Life and Work: Writers, Readers, and the Conversations Between Them, 2016.

Out of My Head: On the Trail of Consciousness, 2018.

“Her Programme,” in Writers and Their Mothers, Dale Salwak, ed., 2018.

“Is literary glory worth chasing?”. NYR Daily. The New York Review of Books. 27 November 2018.

Pen in Hand: Reading, Rereading and Other Mysteries, 2019.

“Our life under lockdown …”. Italy Notebook. New Statesman. 149 (5514): 33. 3–23 April 2020.

The Hero’s Way: Walking with Garibaldi from Rome to Ravenna, 2021.

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