In this section you will find a showcase of the books I have translated so far (and some in progress too!).

From academic essays to contemporary romance, from children’s literature to architecture, in the past 15 years I have worked at different types of texts. Watch this space for new available translations or get in touch if you’d like to have your book translated!

rewind italia

Leuzzi, Laura, Partridge, Stephen, translation by Simona Manca, New Barnet: John Libbey Publishing, 2015

Italy was a vibrant centre of video art production and experimentation throughout the 1970s and 1980s, attracting artists from all over the world and laying the foundation for video art as a concept in the global art and film communities. With vibrant illustrations, compelling interviews, and essays by leading scholars in the field, this collection highlights Italy’s key place in the history of video as an art form.

Munzittu, Martina (Author), Manca, Simona (Translator) Original title: Incompatible Twins

Lucy and Poppy are identical twins. They are in their twenties and live in London. Even though they look similar, their personalities are quite different, if not opposite. Poppy has been travelling the world after graduating, whilst Lucy has settled down, got a job and bought a lovely flat. The only thing missing in Lucy’s life is romance. Poppy offers to help. After all, she’s seen the whole world so surely she knows how to handle this? The perils of metropolitan London prove harder than those of the Columbian jungle. Poppy soon realizes that finding Mr Right for her sister will take a lot more than she bargained for, but she’s not going to give up. This is more a chick-lit novella than a romance novel. The love–hate relationship of the twins is evident in their humorous conversations, and will make you wonder who to root for – Poppy or Lucy. There’s only one way to find out.

Munzittu, Martina (Author), Manca, Simona (Translator) Original Title: The Broken Heart Refuge 1 - Betrayal

Where can you find comfort when your heart is broken?

Nonna Pina runs The Broken Heart Refuge: the go-to place for anyone who is suffering for love. In Episode 1 – Betrayal – we meet Lisa, who has fallen in love with her best friend’s boyfriend, and Mary, whose husband died recently.

What can be done to help Lisa? Should she tell her friend how she feels or should she run away and start a new life? Mary’s grief seems paralyzing, but there’s something more to it that bothers her and won’t allow her to move on. 

Will Mary and Lisa be able to find the answers they’re looking for, among the lovely people who frequent the centre? As Nonna Pina says: “A cup of tea and a few kind words can work miracles.” 

McCabe, Alexander, Farcas, Fabiana, Manca, Simona Original title: The Christmas Present

Did you know that at the very moment you were born Mrs Claus allocated you an elf? It’s true! Your very own elf who watches to see when you have been naughty and nice. Every year, just before Christmas, your elf reports to Santa and Mrs Claus so they can decide what presents you can have from your list. 

Yet there are some people who don’t believe in Santa. I know, it’s crazy… but it’s true! Once they stop believing in Santa, then their elf is banished from the North Pole and only allowed to return when they start believing in him again. 

Gabriel the Elf is worried. His child is beginning to think that Santa isn’t real. He doesn’t want to be sent away from all his friends at the North Pole, but what can he do? There is only one thing he can do… 

He must prove that Santa is real. 

Almansa Esteva, Marta, Manca, Simona Original title Nurse Bear Does First Aid: Picture Book to Learn First Aid Skills for Toddlers and Kids

A burn, a cut, a head bump? Join Nurse Bear to find out what nurses do, learn how to call an ambulance, and discover basic first aid skills so you can help too!

Are your kids interested in healthcare professionals? Do they enjoy role play and pretending to be a nurse or a doctor? Are they interested in looking after people when they have small injuries? Today is their lucky day!
Written and created by a nurse, Nurse Bear Does First Aid includes images of real-life tools and materials to help children recognise and become familiar with them.This book covers:

  • calling an ambulance
  • checking vital signs
  • handwashing
  • cuts
  • burns
  • head injuries
  • asthma attacks

Nurse Bear Does First Aid is ideal for children aged 2 to 6. This book is a great teaching resource for families, home schoolers, nurseries, childminders, schoolteachers, health visitors, school nurses, paediatric nurses, GPs, and paediatricians.
Learn how to help in an emergency with Nurse Bear!

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