Sforzinda Books is the title of the publishing imprint I use as a
vehicle to promote my own writing, principally on the cinema but also
more widely. I hope in time to expand the number of titles available
For more details on each title, including the ‘Look Inside’ facility, go to:
BOOKS AND ESSAYS PUBLISHED (April 2018)
A Tivoli Companion: history and gardens
An essay about the Italian hill-town of Tivoli near Rome, famous for its gardens and with three millennia of history. The perfect tourist guide. Well illustrated.
Published 2015: 44 pages, 42 photographs, cost £5.35 digital, £8.50 paperback.
The New Filmgoer's Guide to God
A probing account of how film has dealt with Christian themes in the twentieth century, both doubts and certainties. Five great film-makers take centre stage: Bresson, Dreyer, Rossellini, Tarkovsky, Kieslowski, and the book considers a wide range of films from the past 100 years. Illustrated.
Published 2014 by Matador: 178 pages, cost £2.99 digital, £10.50 paperback.
Film Past Film Future: an enquiry into cinema and the imagination
the cinematic imagination? Is it the
spectator using his or her imagination in a creative manner to absorb
images presented? Or is it the spectator
spellbound before the film-maker’s imagination spilled out on the
screen? In the first, the imagination is firmly in
the minds of the spectators; in the second, in the mind of the
Past, Film Future’ ranges widely over the history of the cinema in all
forms to show how film-makers have exploited both their own imagination
that of the spectator to create compelling films, narrative and
non-narrative. Includes an extended consideration of cinema and the
Published 2011: ca 90,000 words long, cost £1.99 digital. A paperback version replaced the digital one in 2020 - go to bit.ly/FPFFpaperback
Temenos 2012: being the strange account of an uncommon journey to discover the elixir of film
An account of the showing of Eniaios VII, VIII and IX by Gregory Markopoulos under the stars in Arcadia, Greece in July 2012. Including an account by Robert Beavers of the Eniaios project.
Published 2012: ca 9,000 words long, cost 99p digital
Between Wee Free and Wi Fi: Scotland and the UK belong surely?
A plea for the continued unity of the United Kingdom on geographical, historical and cultural grounds.
Published 2013, digital only: ca 4,000 words long, cost 99p
From Neuralgistan to the Elated Kingdom: a personal journey inside Sicily
This essay describes my 2012 encounter with Sicily – its
treasures (Monreale, Segesta, Palermo among them) and its scars (the mafia
presence, its sloth) – and brings them together with my experience of
‘giant-cell arteritis’, which is inflammation of the arteries in the head. It
draws on Sicilian history in all its richness, on Di Lampedusa’s novel ‘The
Leopard’, on films, on the intriguing distinction between shame and guilt
cultures, on the attractions of islands, and on the cycle of Beethoven piano
sonatas, especially the last five, as a travel narrative from suffering to
Published 2013: ca 12,000
words long, cost £1.08 digital
Belaboured, Bats Broken, Britain Shaken: a personal account of the 2017 General Election
Published 2017: ca 8,000 words long, cost £2.25 digital, £5.75 paperback