'A beautiful meditation on the writer's relocation from bustling London to bucolic Florence. It reminded me why I cherish slow living in southern Europe' (Taiye Selasi, Guardian)
Chosen as Book of the Year by Random Jottings
Made redundant from her job, Kamin Mohammadi flees the bleak streets of London for a friend's sun-dappled apartment in Florence. There, among the cobbled streets, the bustling, vibrant markets and the majestic palazzos, she finds a new lease of life, and a new way to live it.
At once lyrical and practical, Bella Figura shows us how to make every aspect of life as beautiful as it can be. From how to choose the perfectly ripe tomato to how to walk down the street in style, Kamin Mohammadi explores the intricate nuances of Italian culture, and sets down a simple guide to a better, more elegant - and ultimately more satisfying - life.
Kamin Mohammadi was born in Iran in 1969 and exiled to the UK in 1979. She is an experienced journalist, writer and broadcaster who has written for The Times, the Financial Times, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire and the Guardian. She has appeared as a commentator on various BBC, Channel Four and American radio stations. Her first book, The Cypress Tree was published in 2011. Kamin Mohammadi currently lives in Italy. www.kamin.co.uk