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Bedevilled by a crippling condition which nobody could explain or relieve, the author confronts hard truths about the relationship between the mind and the body, the hectic modern world and his life as a writer.
Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks moved permanently to Italy in 1980. Author of novels, non-fiction and essays, he has won the Somerset Maugham, Betty Trask and Llewellyn Rhys awards, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His works include Destiny, Europa, Dreams of Rivers and Seas, Italian Neighbours, An Italian Education and A Season with Verona.