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Head Over Heel: Seduced by Southern Italy

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  345 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
After falling in love with la bella Daniela, Chris Harrison uproots his life to follow her to her small hometown on the coast of Puglia and live la dolce vita. Can their relationship possibly survive the eccentric cast of characters they encounter or will the sweet life turn sour? This is an enchanting tale of amore, Italian style.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 7th 2009 by Nicholas Brealey (first published 2008)
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Jun 22, 2014 Puppybluesea rated it it was amazing
ตอนแรกนึกวาจะอานพริวๆ แบบ 1 year in Provence แตมันทำใหเราสะเทือนใจหลายอยางทังเรืองเหยียดชนชาติ (อยางรุนแรง) ทังๆ ทีเปนคนในประเทศเดียวกัน ทังเรืองการพัฒนาประเทศ ระบบราชการทีออนแอ ตำรวจคือตัวตลกประจำทองถิน ระบบจราจรทีนาขนลุก มองอีตาลีคือ ประเทศไทยในอนาคต ถาเรายังดำเนินกันอยางนี คำวาประเทศพัฒนาแลว มันจำกัดความยังไงกันแน?

ปล.สมแลว ทีหนังสือไดรางวัล คนเขียน คนประวัติศาสตร มาเลาเปนฉากๆ ทำใหเราเขาใจอิตาลีดีขึนมากๆ

ปล.2 มันไมใชหนังสือนำเทียว มันเปนหนังสือสารคดีนะ

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Jun 28, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book jacket of Head Over Heel: Seduced by Southern Italy promises a “hilarious and captivating story” that features “[a] whitewashed fishing village, a shapely signorina and an infatuated young man — head over heels on the heel of the boot.”

And boy does this book deliver.

Head Over Heel is a sweet, funny love letter from Aussie Chris Harrison (@harrisonwriter on Twitter) to both his Italian wife Daniela and her country, which he, erm, has a special relationship with — the kind I think many of
Feb 03, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actually, they have the title wrong--it is "Head over Heel: Seduced by Southern Italy". I read this book while in Italy this past summer; a wonderful, fun read. Loved it.
Baley Petersen
Sep 24, 2011 Baley Petersen rated it really liked it
>>Original post:

I love to travel. I'm not sure when it started, but for as long as I can remember, I have felt the urge to wander the world. While I have seen a great many wonderful places, there is always somewhere new to experience for the first time. Since I can't actually afford to spend my money on travel, I read about it instead. Head Over Heel: Seduced By Southern Italy took me to one of the places I have longed to see, and am now more eager
Dec 28, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
Many of us dream of what life might be like if we could pull up roots and move to that picturesque village in Italy, France or any other foreign country that conjures up precious memories of an idyllic vacation experience. I love reading the memoirs of people who have made that leap - and I have read a LOT of these books. Most of them make dealing with bureaucratic red tape and incomprehensible local customs and laws sound humorous and charming. Every mishap works out in the end, allowing the re ...more
Feb 28, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it

Italy is one of the few places I've been outside the United States, and anything having to do with it always catches my eye. Also, when I went the trip covered nothing south of Rome, so until I can visit Southern Italy myself, I'll just have to read about it.

Thanks to this book, any pipe dreams that may have ever crossed my mind about possibly living abroad now do not include Italy. Head Over Heel was a wonderful read, but if anything, it made me realize how frustrating it can be to live as a fo
Jul 08, 2012 Hal rated it really liked it
Shelves: 12-reads
When I first read "Southern Italy" in Harrison's title, I wanted to read it. When I looked at the book and found that it dealt primarily with Puglia, the "heel" of the boot, which was my temporary home for 18 months back in the '60s I HAD to read it. And I wasn't disappointed.

Reading it was a trip back to some of the most memorable times in my life. Old haunts came alive: Brindisi, Bari, Lecce, Taranto, Ostuni, etc., places usually skipped by the tourist. Really familiar was his recollection of
Apr 02, 2011 Cleffairy rated it it was amazing
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Date published: 7th Feb 2011

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Love Italy and traveling to those intriguing places that nobody bothered to mentioned before? Well then this book is definitely for you. Head Over Heel-Seduced by Southern Italy follows the journey of Chris Harrison who fell in love with an Italian signorina. Chris takes us on a hilarious journey to Southern Italy and gives us insight on Italy like never before. Love, culture, and food was all be
Jul 27, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
When Chris Harrison follows love (by the name of Daniela) to her small town of Andrano on the heel of the Italian boot he does his best to merge himself into his new environment going that extra step to be more than a mere visitor.

Along the way he finds that living in Italy and visiting it are two very different things, especially when you view it from the perspective of South Italy, the less prosperous but still captivating bottom half.

I loved this unique perspective of Italy, especially the co
Mar 28, 2016 Rich rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scanned-books
Took me way to long to read, however I really enjoyed this.
Hilarious and captivating story of love and friendship, charting the struggle of an Australian in Italy. Chris Harrison writes well and does well to describe the beautiful settings of his new home in this far flung fishing village.
I have been able to relate to some aspects - particularly the ending, it has reminded me of when myself and my wife got married in Italy (the papers and laws are mad!).
It would be a nice touch to have a follo
May 11, 2013 Vero rated it it was amazing
For an English class I had to choose from a list of books for a presentation and I am glad i decided on this one. Sitting on my balcony on a rainy day, reading about sun, sea and spaghetti made me want to pack my suitcases.

Mr Harrison talks about the first two years he spent in Italy. He talks about, for example, the carabinieri, traditions, traffic, Italy's skill to make an conversation entrily with gesture and of course- the food, and describes these aspects in an honest, true and most of all
Aug 01, 2011 Annette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, travel, 2011-top-ten
I loved this book. it was more than just a book about visiting Italy, living in Italy, adjusting to Italy, loving (and hating) Italy. It was also a delightful personal memoir of the author (australian) falling in love with a enchanting Italian woman, her family, and her town. It is very candid about the strengths and weaknesses of Italy, its people, its way of "getting things done". There are moments where I laughed out loud for some of his frustrations at the same time thinking, "oh better him ...more
Jul 18, 2014 Joan rated it it was ok
I expected more of a travel book... The author spoke of his adaptations to living in Italy, in everything from getting a drivers license to a marriage license, which at times were both enlightening and humorous with the exasperating situations described in detail. Some of his "personal reflections" were in the form of "too much information, however - as such the book read more like a "first draft" than a final one.
Sep 28, 2014 Nadia rated it it was amazing
This book is the perfect read for a sunny holiday in Italy. Not only did it provide me with light entertainment as I zipped up and down the boot, but it also informed my experiences and explained occurrences I might have otherwise not noticed.

Chris Harrison's unusual writing style - it's full of wordplay and puns - makes for an enjoyable read. I may well dip back into it to remember my own experience of Italy.
Susan S. Valas
Mar 20, 2015 Susan S. Valas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An insightful, funny and enjoyable read!

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in living in Italy, or merely someone who may be taken by the culture. The author let the irony speak for itself in this humorous account of what it's like to acclimate to Southern Italy...or try to. Thanks Crris:)
Aug 08, 2016 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to get through

I could barely get to the end of this book. The author is so self absorbed that it is hard to care about his love interest or her family. He mixes Italian with English which gets lost in translation. More thought should have gone into describing the personality and appeal of Daniela.
Danie Cutter
Oct 09, 2011 Danie Cutter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it loved it loved it, could have carried on reading it indefinitely.

He sums up everything I love about Italy along with everything that gets right up my nose and in such a wonderful depiction of the characters that he truly earns his right as one of those Italian (albeit Australian) characters.
Aug 09, 2016 Anu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tegemist on ühe väga korraliku minusarjaliku raamatuga. Autor, sattununa armastuse tõttu Itaaliasse, toob välja pikantsemad seigad endaga juhtunust, vahele Itaalia ajalugu, itaallaste harjumusi ja söögikultuuri. Lisaks autori enda kohta saab aimu, millised katsumused võivad ees oodata inimest, kes kohaneb eluga teises kultuuriruumis.
Apr 10, 2016 Ieva rated it did not like it
Jau otrais autors, ko esmu lasījusi, kura izcelsme ir no cita kontinenta, kas rakstījis par Eiropas valsti Itāliju. Par daudz Kriss Harisons ir izsmējis Itāliju, īpaši Dienviditāliju. Vienīgi par suņiem aprakstītās epizodes man patika.
Mar 09, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel-related
Enjoyed the journey with this young man who followed his love to her home in Southern Italy. Appeared to be a realistic description of the delights and frustrations he encountered in this bewildering and gritty culture.
Dec 06, 2012 Kangi rated it really liked it
Read this book while driving through the South of Italy and it was magical because the towns, the culture, the food and people were exactly like the people in the book that the author describes. Loved it.
Feb 24, 2015 Lisa added it
Don't know why but just couldn't get into this book and as I have so many to read I have given up .. Something I seldom do .. I haven't put any stars as I don't think it's a bad book I think it's just me
Lynn P
Oct 09, 2012 Lynn P rated it liked it
As I am reading this book, it just makes me want to eat! In fact I pulled out grandma's eggplant parmesan recipe this weekend because it sounded so good.
Jan 29, 2013 Lynnnadeau rated it really liked it
Amusing, insightful, descriptive, very satisfying and enjoyable read before, during and after a visit to Puglia!
Rosanne Vogel
Jul 28, 2011 Rosanne Vogel rated it it was amazing
This is a great read! Chris Harrison is a good writer who captures the charing lifestyle and people of Southern Italy.
Jan 05, 2013 Larisa rated it it was amazing
A very pleasant read. It has encouraged me to put that part of Southern Italy on my map of must visit places.
Jun 13, 2015 Jackie rated it liked it
Finally finished on a weeks holiday at home where I needed some arm chair travelling. It did the job.
Jul 16, 2015 Joanna rated it it was amazing
Simply amazing :). Informative and humorous at the same time, vivid, romantic in a realistic way... AND the Author is clearly a fellow bookworm :)
This book captures the charm and complexities of southern Italy so well. A definite reading requirement for a move to the area.
Aug 27, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a comical Summer read set in the South of Italy. I read this book while holidaying in Sorrento. The perfect holiday read about the Italian way of life for a foreigner.
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