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Ripe for the Picking

(Italian Adventure #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  568 ratings  ·  44 reviews
During the course of Annie Hawes' new book, local culinary superstar, Ciccio, gradually takes over as Annie's constant companion. How irresistible is a man who first demonstrates his affection and esteem by inviting her into his vineyard to help himmix up cow manure, which she spends the afternoon slapping onto an old pizza oven to improve its insulation, before driving he ...more
374 pages
Published 2003 by Penguin Books
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Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It was such a nice story - preferable to Peter Mayle's Year in Provence - and a pleasant read. It totally restored my love of reading, after having to read bloody awful things for various book circles. This is what a book should be: A Good Read. ...more
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed "catching up" with Annie since reading Extra Virgin about a decade ago. Didn't realize she had written more until recently. She lovingly pokes fun at the local people but in a sweet, not insulting, way. He writing is fresh yet imaginative. ...more
Ceridwen Lee
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fantastic. I've liked all Annie Hawes' books, to be fair. She's a wonderful writer.

Firstly, it's just very interesting. Two sisters are working abroad for the summer and (almost accidentally) buy a remote farmhouse in Italy, with its own olive trees and whatnot. And the books chronicle how they get on, what they learn, and the characters they meet. As a reader, you not only end up desperately wanting her life, and falling in love with the characters, but you learn all these fascina
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: italy
I loved the gave me exactly what I wanted- lovable characters,essence of new culture,description of lifestyle of people,their nature...I felt lik i've had a wonderful travel to liguria...I love travel,knowing culture of different places,books,food,unpretentious people..n dis is all combined into one.. Book reminded me of "Almost French" n "My dateless diary-An American journey" as Annie describes the ligurian lifestyle from a stranger's eyes in a realistic,subtly funny,non-judgmental w ...more
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-library
A perfect example of the travel / expatriate memoir genre. Unlike Carol Drinkwater (another "life in the Italian olive groves" author), Hawes certainly isn't pretentious or lacking in humour. Am now immediately reading again in order to read sections aloud to my husband. I particularly liked the story about the restaurant notices. ...more
Mar 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Sequel to the author's earlier memoir, Extra Virgin, this continues the story of her life in Liguria. The entrance of a local love interest adds an engaging twist to events. It was a long & detailed tale with plenty of local food love & entertaining neighbors & relatives to keep things lively. ...more
Aug 02, 2011 added it
Good fun. Makes me want to move to Italy.
Janie Obermier
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: italy, memoir
What a great read! I love her humor and found that I never got tired of it. On the contrary, I looked forward to the next sentence after something off the wall happened to see what witty remark would highlight it. I especially appreciated a look into relationships - between family member, neighbors, etc. in that part of Italy.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: autobiography, travel
I remember reading this during a phase of reading travel books. I think when I was living in London. I enjoyed it.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I found this book so much more enjoyable than her first. It was easier to read and follow.
I am glad I didn't give up on this author.
Sue Heaser
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Another great read. I love her style and her wonderful immersion in another culture. Funny, touching, fascinating.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great sequel, equally as engaging.
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: italy
I love this book and have lost count of the number of times I've read it - it is part 2 in the true life Italian adventure of Annie Hawes and has the growing romance with Ciccio, meeting the future in-laws, trips to Rome with a family member, and woodworm/ tarli/ handsome bees/ beetles a-plenty!
If ever I'm feeling the need to sink into a world of vino d'uva, love oil and lets face it - sheer envy (I WANT TO LIVE IN ITALY!!!!!) then this is the book I'll pick up (usually straight after Extra Virg
Kirsty Darbyshire
Dec 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: paperback

I read Extra Virgin a few years back and enjoyed it so when I spotted this on the library shelf I picked it up for holiday reading. Story of everyday life in Liguria from a British point of view. Mostly about trying to get the house reroofed, which makes it sound terribly boring, but it's jam packed with little details that bring the whole neighbourhood to life.

Non fiction and fiction at the same time really (this Observer article shows that she doesn't exactly tell it like it is (not a bad thi

Mary Beth
Sep 19, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a sequel to Extra Virgin which I haven't read yet. It is a memoir of the author's life in rural Italy when she moves there from England. I enjoyed the humor and the picture of the simple life of a different culture. It is not exciting, but enjoyable reading. ...more
Caroline Turnock
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
The continuing adventures of Annie Hawes in Liguria.....laughed out loud in some places.....a really good book on life in Italy - the way she describes her daily experiences and the people she comes across makes you feel like you are there with can just taste the Bruschetta!!!
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A simple true story about life in rural Italy. Could've been boring (what do I care about Miss Hawes' olive trees or falling in roof?), yet it's written so beautifully that it deserves 4 starts - more than any other book I've recently read. ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
Humorous, entertaining autobiographical recollection of getting to know a family and culture. Refreshingly lacking in the “I say, aren’t these natives foreign” tone of many of this genre. Recommended.
Aug 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booksihave
Another great book following Annie Hawes life in Italy as she moves there permanently, even better than the first.
May 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
a good follow on with development of the family characters, really enjoyed it
Feb 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
Another hilarious glimpse at life in northern Italy through the eyes of British expat Annie Hawes. Now, she has a bug infested roof and an Italian boyfriend.
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Funny. Provides real cultural unsights. Makes you want to move to Liguria and also tells you why you shouldn't. ...more
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lovely, lovely, lovely.
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. The author writes honestly, without any hint of being patronizing & her style is very funny. I am looking for all her other books.
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: liked
An English woman's adventures in Italy. It is interesting when two different cultures meet. ...more
Anna Mangus
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lives up to the first book. Loved this as well.
Michaela Jane Solway
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Follow up to Ripe for the Picking.. Lovely style with humour..gentle read
Jane Giardino
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fun and fascinating, I enjoyed this second of Annie Hawes' books on Italy. I read "Extra Virgin" years ago. ...more
Jen Wong
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books
biography set in Italy an amusing slice of life
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