Arts Interview: Watching the detective

Literary success came late in life for Italian crime novelist Andrea Camilleri, but the 86-year-old is making the most of his time in the sun, writes Cliff Taylor.

29th January, 2012
Arts Interview: Watching the detective
Andrea Camilleri: 'Silvio Berlusconi was the great seller of smoke. He gave people the illusion he could create a better life for them.' Photo: Tony O'Shea

In an age when fame and celebrity are so often the preserve of the young, there remain some notable exceptions to the rule - and Italian novelist Andrea Camilleri is one of them.

At the ripe old age of 86, Camilleri is now an international publishing phenomenon. Despite having only begun to write full time in his 70s, he is Italy's most successful novelist - his series featuring the irascible detective Salvo Montalbano has sold...

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