Book reviews

Book Review: The Umbrian Supper Club by Marlena de Blasi

  The Umbrian Supper Club by Marlena de Blasi Paperback Review copy provided by publisher Allen & Unwin, March 2015  Synopsis- 'The only sauce is olive oil - green as sun-struck jade - splashed in small lustrous puddles, through which one skates the flesh, the fat, the bones, the potatoes, the bread. In the last,… Continue reading Book Review: The Umbrian Supper Club by Marlena de Blasi

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Bookish Gifts on Etsy

Some of you  may have noticed that I've opened an online store on Etsy, Bookish Gifts. It's come about as a culmination of my two loves; reading and writing. I've spent the past year recommending books and loaning books to friends and colleagues and I decided that I could make this hobby into a small… Continue reading Bookish Gifts on Etsy

AU Book Reviews, AWW2014, Book reviews

Aussie Book Review: The Sunnyvale Girls by Fiona Palmer

The Sunnyvale Girls by Fiona Palmer Paperback Review copy provided by publisher Penguin Australia, September 2014  Synopsis- Three generations of Stewart women share a deep connection to their family farm, but a secret from the past threatens to tear them apart. Widowed matriarch Maggie remembers a time when the Italian prisoners of war came to… Continue reading Aussie Book Review: The Sunnyvale Girls by Fiona Palmer

General chit chat, reading on location

Reading on Location (part 3): Italy

The last couple of weeks I've been chatting about my upcoming holiday to Europe and how I enjoy preparing for travel through books; both fiction and non-fiction. Last week I listed the books set in France I want to read and have recently read, this week I'm looking at books set in Italy.  I thought… Continue reading Reading on Location (part 3): Italy

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Book Review- Under the Tuscan Sun

Frances Mayes- Under the Tuscan Sun (1996)   Mayes shares a wonderfully written travel memoir that will draw you in and have you fantasizing about your next overseas adventure. Mayes is a poet, cook and travel writer who creates a story that fuses these talents beautifully with eloquent language, delectable recipes and a fascinating insight… Continue reading Book Review- Under the Tuscan Sun

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Book Review- A Thousand Days In Venice

Marlena de Blasi- A Thousand Days in Venice (2003) Marlena is an American chef and travelling food writer who tells her fairytale love story about falling in love with a Venetian and the city itself. When Fernando catches a glimpse of Marlena in a Venetian café he knows instantly she is The One. Marlena is… Continue reading Book Review- A Thousand Days In Venice