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Girl By Sea : Life, Love and Food on an Italian Island - Penelope Green

Girl By Sea

Life, Love and Food on an Italian Island


Published: 1st October 2009
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The concluding part of Penelope Green's trilogy of memoirs about her life in Italy. After living in Rome and Naples, Penny and her Italian partner, Alfonso, move to the small and beautiful island of Procida in the Gulf of Naples, across the bay from Capri.

Penny and Alfonso want a change of scene and decide to accept the challenge set by Enzo, the owner of the island's Bar Capriccio, who tells them that young couples come to Procida, "but not many last".

Adapting to life in the small community, where many locals are wary of newcomers and the conveniences of the city are more than an hour's ferry trip away is hard for Penny, and even more so when Alfonso has to leave for three months to tour with his band. But with her trademark optimism and determination, Penny sets her own goal.

She is going to ask her Procidian neighbours to teach her to cook. Over kitchen tables, in cafes and sharing family meals under vine-covered pergolas, Penny learns the art of Italian cooking, and enters into the lives of people on the island as friendships form and stories are traded.

About the Author

Penelope Green was born in Sydney and worked as a print journalist around Australia for a decade before moving to Rome in 2002. Her first book, When in Rome, recounts her early experiences in the Eternal City. In 2005 she moved to Naples to work for ANSAmed, a Mediterranean news service. She found an apartment in the city's colourful Spanish Quarter, worked hard at mastering the Neapolitan dialect, and writing her second travel memoir, See Naples and Die. Girl By Sea completes Penny's Italian experience as she moves to the idyllic island of Procida, across the bay from Capri, with her Italian partner, Alfonso. The couple have now returned to Australia, where they are making a new life for themselves back in the Southern hemisphere.


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  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Love the recipes
  • Well Written


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    Comments about Girl By Sea:

    easy to read, informative and great recipes

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    Arrivederci Napoli xiii
    Marzo - Easter mysteries p. 1
    Aprile - Bar Capriccio p. 20
    Maggio - When Elisa met Michele p. 44
    Giugno - Tiffs and Fish p. 66
    Luglio - Peril at sea p. 96
    Agosto - Hot and bothered p.123
    Settembre - Doctor's orders p.145
    Ottobre - Trouble on the rock p.174
    Novembre - All in the family p.203
    Decembre - 'Tis the season to be a glutton p.231
    Gennaio - Worlds apart p.251
    Febbraio - Home p.277
    Acknowledgements p.303
    Sources p.305
    Table of Contents

    ISBN: 9780733623332
    ISBN-10: 0733623336
    Series: The Hungry Student
    Audience: Professional
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 305
    Published: 1st October 2009
    Publisher: Hachette Australia
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 23.200 x 15.200  x 2.300
    Weight (kg): 0.460
    Edition Number: 1