John is Professor of Italian Studies at University College, London. Hodder published his Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia in 2004, to ecstatic reviews. It became an international bestseller and won the CWA Dagger Award for Non-fiction that year. In 2007 he published Delizia! The Epic History of the Italians and their Food which won the 2014 Giovanni Rebora prize, received special commendation in the 2007 André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards, and was voted one of the 20 best books of the year (food and drink) by Lire magazine with RTL. Mafia Brotherhoods: Camorra, mafia, ‘ndrangheta: the rise of the Honoured Societies, was published in June 2011 and Mafia Republic: Italy’s Criminal Curse: Cosa Nostra, ‘ndrangheta and Camorra from 1946 to the Present published in June 2013.
Photo: John emerging from a mafia boss’s underground hideout in Calabria, during filming of the 2013 BBC This World Documentary, The Mafia’s Secret Bunkers