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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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more