A heady historical drama about a British family who open an upper-class hotel on the magical Italian Riviera during the ‘Roaring 20s’.
Hotel Portofino has only been open a few weeks, but already the problems are mounting for its co-proprietor Bella Ainsworth. She’s short of staff and ready money. Her high-class guests are demanding and hard to please. And she’s being targeted by a scheming and corrupt local politician, who threatens to drag her into the red-hot political cauldron of Mussolini’s Italy.
The hotel demands all of Bella’s resources, energy and focus, but she has her own family to worry about too, who are struggling in the traumatic aftermath of World War 1, and Bella soon finds that she’s being pulled in far too many directions.
Set in a breathtakingly beautiful Italian village, Hotel Portofino is a story of personal awakening at a time of global upheaval and of the liberating influence of Italy’s enchanting culture, climate and cuisine on British ‘innocents abroad’, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey and The Crown.
JP O’Connell has worked as an editor and writer for a variety of newspapers and magazines including Time Out, the Guardian, The Times and the Daily Telegraph. JP has also written several books including a novel, a celebration of letter-writing, a spice encyclopaedia, and most recently an analysis of David Bowie’s favourite books and the ways they influenced his music. JP lives in London.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (December 23, 2021)