Published: 01/11/2013
ISBN: 9781783060634
eISBN: 9781783068913
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Aged 22, Valerie left a comfortable life in Poole, Dorset, to follow her Italian fiance´ to his home in northern Italy. In 1977, Piussogno was a sleepy mountain village where nothing much happened apa... read more

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That's Amore!
Lasagne, language trouble and love in a 1970s Italian village
by Valerie Barona

The sharp clip of footsteps on the newly laid tiles made me look up. Two tall men wearing expensive dark suits and sunglasses strode purposefully into my vision. ‘This is like a scene from The Godfather,’ I thought as laughter bubbled up in my throat. ‘Where’s the violin case with a rifle?’ Then I noticed that one of them carried a briefcase and suddenly it didn’t seem so funny.

The book is a light-hearted view of life in a rural Italian village in the 1970s. It is a picture of an Italy that is long gone.

Aged 22, Valerie left a comfortable life in Poole, Dorset, to follow her Italian fiancé to his home in northern Italy. In 1977, Piussogno was a sleepy mountain village where nothing much happened apart from the occasional triple birth of lambs. Valerie’s arrival was cause for gossip. The decision to build a disco meant she must be rich and it was also a foregone conclusion that she was pregnant. They were wrong on both fronts.

Her new life involved living with her future in-laws, learning both the language and how to drive like an Italian and then the completion of the disco coincided with a visit from the local mafia...

The language, the locals and lasagne - That’s Amore!

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VALERIE BARONA was born in 1955 in Poole, Dorset. She trained as a teacher and
followed her husband to Piussogno, his village in northern Italy. After having two children, she returned to teaching and is currently on the staff at a local school. She enjoys entertaining her grandchildren - and writing.

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Lovely story I've also got the book but I wuold like to know more about it. Where can I find more information?

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