Patricia Borlenghi set up the Patrician Press at the end of 2012. She is the author of several children’s books including Chaucer the Cat and the Animal Pilgrims, Dear Aunty and The Bloomsbury Nursery Treasury and has worked in publishing throughout her career. She divides her time between England and Italy. She has written three novels: Zaira, Clarisse and Dorek which form a trilogy.
Dorek will be on offer on Goodreads in February: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25569619-dorek
Some of her children’s books include:
From Albatross to Zoo – an animal alphabet in five languages – ABC, 1992
Italy –Watts Books, 1994
Angel Activity Book –Michael O’Mara Books, 1995
Animal Joke Book –Bloomsbury, 1998
The Sports Joke Book –Bloomsbury, 1999
Football Crazy –Bloomsbury, 1999
Chaucer the Cat and the Animal Pilgrims –Bloomsbury, 1999, paperback edition, 2001
Dear Aunty –Bloomsbury, 2001 (early teenage problem questions and answers)
Outsiders – Cambridge University Press, 2007 (excerpts from Dear Aunty about divorce)
Find Out About Italy –Barrons US, 2006 and Watts, 2007
The Bloomsbury Nursery Treasury –Bloomsbury, 2010, paperback edition, 2011
This is an historical novel set in Northern Italy at the turn of the 20th century. Zaira is a young, determined girl, seeking a new life away from her restricting peasant farming background. However things do not go according to plan when she meets Leonardo, a rich landowner and becomes companion to his delicate wife, Livietta. When Zaira gives birth to twins their lives are changed forever.
The new, revised Italian edition of Zaira is now out in paperback and can be ordered direct from this site.
A London-born woman’s life changes drastically after her husband dies suddenly and she develops breast cancer. The novel recounts her life in France and move to East Anglia; the people she meets; her reactions to death and illness and her refusal of conventional treatment. The novel ends with her journey of discovery to New Zealand.
Dorek has no sense of achievement in life. As a boy, he was obsessed with a girl who lived opposite him and finds it difficult to relate to other people. This is a result of his deafness and his uncertain sexuality. He relies on his best friend, Mungo, for companionship. Then unexpectedly his fortunes change and through learning about his family history and the surprising connections he uncovers, Dorek finally finds fulfilment and an inner peace.
This is an ingenious and unique alphabet in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. In this book, the names of the animals all start with the same letter in each language. The five different languages always appear in the same order on the page and each language has its own design style.
The everyday life and diary of a food lover describing the enjoyment of simple meals and wine. It is mainly set in Emilia Romagna in Italy but there is some background information about the author’s food-dominated childhood in London and other events. The book contains recipes and illustrations.
This book is an autobiography; recounted as a collection of the coincidences in the author’s life. The author describes how many of her friends and members of her family link up, often with more than two connections between them. Interspersed with these anecdotes are further biographical details about her life and work, both as a publisher and a writer.