Born and raised in Palermo, Simonetta Agnello Hornby married an Englishman after completing her law degree in 1967. She has lived abroad since then, first in the United States and Zambia and, since 1970, in London. In 1979, she founded Hornby and Levy, a law firm in Brixton that specialises in family and juvenile law. She is part time head of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal, and she taught children's rights for eight years at the University of Leicester. She started writing novels in 2000 and since 2008 she has devoted herself principally to writing. Her love for cooking, combined with the renovation of the old family farm, has led her to write about food, culminating in the recipe collection, Un filo d'olio (2011), and in the celebration of the French politician and gastronome Brillat-Savarin in La cucina del buon gusto (2012). With her sister Chiara Agnello, cook and the life and soul of Fattoria Mosè, she has written La pecora di Pasqua (2012) and Il pranzo di Mosè (2014). All her books, including the recents La nostra Londra (2020, with George Hornby) and Piano nobile (2020), have been bestsellers loved by thousands of readers.
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