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A Small Place in Italy

Eric Newby / Eric Newby
This book is a lush and beautiful memoir of a very special house and a superb recreation of a bygone era.In 1967 veteran travel writer Eric Newby and his heroic wife Wanda fulfiled their dream of a return to life in the Italian hills where they first met during World War II. But this fulfilment would not come easy. The dream materialised in the form of I Castagni ('The Chestnuts') a small decrepit farmhouse with no roof an abandoned septic tank and its own indigenous wildlife reluctant to give up their home. But in the foothills of the Apuan Alps on the border of Liguria and Northern Tuscany this ramshackle house would soon become a hub of love friendship and activity.Whether recounting dangerous expeditions through Afghanistan or everyday life in a country house Newby's talent shines through as one of the foremost writers of the comic travel genre. Full of Newby's sharp wit and good humour ‘A Small Place’ in Italy returns twenty years later to the life of Newby's much-cherished classic Love and War in the Apennines. It lovingly recounts the quickly disappearing lifestyle of the idiosyncratic locals and the enduring friendships they forge whether sharing in growing their first wine harvest as novices or frying poisonous mushrooms for a feast.The essays in A Small Place in Italy showcase Newby's best work making it one of the top travelogues of its time. Readers will feel as if they are walking through the Italian hills alongside Newby and his wife.For fans of Laurie Lee (Down in the Valley) Rory Stewart (The Marches) Bruce Chatwin (In Patagonia) Patrick Leigh Fermor (The Broken Road) and Helena Attlee (The Land Where Lemons Grow).

  • Published by HarperCollins UK
  • Fiction/Non-FictionNon Fiction
  • Genre Travel
  • Target Audience Adult
  • Released 23rd February 2017
  • Duration 02 Hrs. 53 Mins.
  • ISBN 9780008242923