Books by Tim Parks

Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. In 1981 he moved to Italy where he has lived ever since. He has written eleven novels including Europa , Destiny, Judge Savage and, most recently, Rapids, as wel


A LITERARY TOUR OF ITALY by Tim Parks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"The author's deep familiarity with Italian culture informs these intelligent, perceptive essays."
A prolific novelist, memoirist, literary critic, and translator investigates "Italy's collective imagination." Read full book review >
WHERE I'M READING FROM by Tim Parks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 12, 2015

"'Do We Need Stories?' 'Why Finish Books?' 'What's Wrong with the Nobel?' 'Does Money Make Us Write Better?' Readers vexed by such questions will welcome Parks' thoughtful responses."
Why do books matter? Read full book review >
SEX IS FORBIDDEN by Tim Parks
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Assured. Accomplished. Memorable."
Beth Marriot, a troubled youth, struggles mightily to find a reasonable facsimile of equanimity on a Buddhist retreat. Read full book review >
ITALIAN WAYS by Tim Parks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2013

"Enchanting travels with the good-natured Parks."
English-born expat novelist Parks (The Server, 2012, etc.) pokes affectionate fun at his fellow train travelers and surveys a rapidly changing Italian landscape. Read full book review >
RAPIDS by Tim Parks
Released: April 12, 2006

"Not for every taste, but it's another illustration of the range of Tim Parks's seemingly inexhaustible talents."
The prolific British author's 12th novel returns him to Italy (where Parks and his family reside) for an intriguing change of pace. Read full book review >
TALKING ABOUT IT by Tim Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"This catch-all volume is clever and readable throughout, but nowhere near the best this writer can do."
This first collection of 15 stories, drawn from Parks's entire career, is both informed and cramped by the subject which gave one of his most vivid novels its title: adultery. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2005

"A bright literary exercise, the third in the new series Enterprise ('the business book as literature'). (14 illus., not seen)"
The prolific Parks (Judge Savage, 2003, etc.), a Britisher now at home in Italy, offers a Renaissance splendor that is often scanted in the artistic glory of the era. Read full book review >
JUDGE SAVAGE by Tim Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Another worthy effort from a reliable source."
Ultraprolific Parks (A Season With Verona, 2002, etc.) returns to fiction with this account of a minority judge's journey into jurisprudence and scandal. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Parks has no problem with the surrender of civility on Sundays in soccer stadiums. His readers probably will. (1 map)"
The prolific English-born novelist (Mimi's Ghost, 2001), essayist (Hell and Back, 2002), and memoirist (An Italian Education, 1995) romps around Italy with the rarely civil but always rabid supporters of a mediocre professional soccer team. Read full book review >
LITERATURE AND THE GODS by Roberto Calasso
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2001

"Not an essential critical resource, but one offering many pleasures."
A wide-ranging scholar ponders the manifestations of ancient gods in modern literature. Read full book review >
MIMI’S GHOST by Tim Parks
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Wittily conceived and disgracefully enjoyable: as deftly plotted as any of Evelyn Waugh's acidic farces, to which this cheerfully blackhearted tale is a worthy counterpart."
Parks's highly entertaining tenth novel (published in England in 1995), a sequel to his Juggling the Stars (1993), continues the outrageous misadventures of Englishman-in-Italy Morris Duckworth, an antihero who bears more than a passing resemblance to Patricia Highsmith's "Talented Mr. Ripley." Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Food for thought and argument, invitations to widen the scope of one's own reading. A fine addition to Parks's rapidly growing oeuvre."
A lively collection of 19 generally stimulating book reviews and literary pieces, most of which appeared in the New York Review of Books, by the prolific British novelist (Destiny, 2000, etc.), memoirist (An Italian Education, 1995, etc.), and essayist (Adultery and Other Diversions, 1999, etc.) Read full book review >
DESTINY by Tim Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

Inside the head of yet another overheated, middle-aged Englishman in Italy (as in Europa, 1998): in his tenth novel the

effortlessly inventive Parks ratchets up the tragedy and tones down the laughs for a portrait of a man plunged into despair by

a schizophrenic son's suicide.

A respected journalist who, seeking deeper meaning, turned from coverage of Italy's endless political intrigues to a

book-length treatment of "national character," Chris Burton is in London with his wife, Mara, when he receives the phone call

reporting the death of their only son, Marco. Read full book review >

ADULTERY AND OTHER DIVERSIONS by Tim Parks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 1999

Mixing meditation and the mundane, this collection of 13 essays (several of which appeared in the New Yorker) looks for philosophical inspiration in the quotidian, but sometimes finds only banality. Read full book review >

EUROPA by Tim Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

A savage, funny story that made last year's Booker Prize shortlist, and the ninth novel for the hugely talented Parks (Shear, 1994, etc.), long a teacher of English in Italy. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

A witty, cynical, and ultimately charming account by an English expatriate married to a native and trying to raise his children in Italy. Read full book review >

SHEAR by Tim Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

More sunlit suspense with a difference from the British author of Juggling the Stars (1993). Read full book review >

JUGGLING THE STARS by Tim Parks
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1993

A down-at-heel English teacher in Italy goes on a crime spree: in his sixth novel (but first thriller), the British expatriate Parks (the nonfiction Italian Neighbors, p. 658, etc.) turns up the heat, with wonderfully scary results. Read full book review >

ITALIAN NEIGHBORS by Tim Parks
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1992

Parks, a lively English novelist (Goodness, 1991, etc.), plunges us into the passionate but genial world of his Italian neighbors on the Via Colombare in a village south of Verona. Read full book review >

GOODNESS by Tim Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

This dependably lively British author (Tongues of Flame, 1986, etc.) scores again with his story of a devil-take-the-hindmost yuppie challenged by the birth of a deformed baby. Read full book review >

The Scheme of Things by Tim Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An action-packed, if sometimes over-the-top, story about a young gay man's desire to join a community that accepts him."
A debut coming-of-age novel about the lengths to which people will go in order to discover their true selves. Read full book review >