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Biography


Domenica de Rosa

I was born in London in 1963. I’m the youngest of three sisters. We lived in Kensington and, until I was five, I think I spent most of my time pretending to be a horse in Kensington Gardens. Then my parents moved to Brighton and I discovered friends, the sea and riding real horses. I also wrote my first novel, aged 11. It was a murder mystery set in Rottingdean, a village near where I lived. It was called The Hair of the Dog and, as far as I remember, the parish priest did it….

After school, I read English at King’s College London and went to work in publishing. This effectively killed off any desire to write and it was not until I was on maternity leave expecting my twins that I wrote The Italian Quarter, which is loosely based on my dad’s life.Though I had worked in publishing for more than ten years, I had no idea how to get my own book published! It was not until a friend mentioned a wonderful agent, Tif Leonhis, that I had the courage to send the book to her. She liked it and Headline Review published The Italian Quarter in 2004.

I then wrote The Eternal City about three sisters taking their father’s ashes home to Italy. I hope it’s not as depressing as it sounds – in fact it is meant to be quite funny! My new book Villa Serena is about a woman who has the perfect life in Italy only to have it destroyed by one text message…

I live near Rottingdean, scene of that mysteriously still unpublished first novel, with my husband Andrew, our two children and our cat, Gus. I’m currently writing a thriller set in Norfolk (as a change from Italy).


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