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Children of the Mists

Children of the Mists
  • Author(s): Lexa Dudley
  • Location(s): Sardinia
  • Genre(s): Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): 1800

This is a story of enduring love. Set in the 1800s, life on Sardinia had barely changed since the time of the Caesars. Two families, the Sannas and the Canus, are united by friendship and honour; love and laughter;...

Gelato Sisterhood on the Amalfi Shore

Gelato Sisterhood on the Amalfi Shore
  • Author(s): Chantal Kelly
  • Location(s): Amalfi Coast
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Modern

Warmed by the brilliant Campania sun and the lemon-scented breeze off shimmering Mediterranean waters, the Amalfi Coast has been seducing travelers since Roman times. Lush terraced mountainsides brimming with grape vines and olive groves tumble down to meet the...

Story of the Lost Child

Story of the Lost Child
  • Author(s): Elena Ferrante
  • Location(s): Naples
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

The fourth and final book of the internationally renowned and bestselling Neapolitan novels One of the major publishing events of 2015, this dazzling saga of two women – the brilliant Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila – firmly establishes...

The Carrier

The Carrier
  • Author(s): Mattias Berg
  • Location(s): Sweden, Belgium, Sicily, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 2013

Erasmus Levine has a job like no other He travels with the President of the United States at all times, and holds in his hands the power to obliterate life as we know it. He is the man with...

The Optician of Lampedusa

The Optician of Lampedusa
  • Author(s): Emma Jane Kirby
  • Location(s): Lampedusa
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

From an award-winning BBC journalist, this moving book turns the testimony of an accidental hero into a timeless story about human fellowship and the awakening of courage and conscience. ‘I can hardly begin to describe to you what I...

The Potter’s Field

The Potter’s Field
  • Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
  • Location(s): Sicily
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

While Vigàta is wracked by storms, Inspector Salvo Montalbano is called to attend the discovery of a dismembered body in a field of clay. Bearing all the marks of an execution style killing, it seems clear that this is,...

The Savage Shore

The Savage Shore
  • Author(s): David Hewson
  • Location(s): Calabria
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Roman police detective Nic Costa has been sent undercover to Italy’s beautiful, remote Calabrian coast to bring in the head of the feared mob, the ‘Ndrangheta, who has offered to turn state witness for reasons of his own. Hoping...

The Temptation to Be Happy

The Temptation to Be Happy
  • Author(s): Lorenzo Marone
  • Location(s): Naples
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Cesare is a seventy-seven-year-old widower and cynical troublemaker. He has lived his whole life by his own rules and has no intention of changing now. Aside from an intermittent fling with a nurse called Rossana, he spends his days...

The Wings of the Sphinx

The Wings of the Sphinx
  • Author(s): Andrea Camilleri
  • Location(s): Sicily
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

Detective Montalbano is going through a distinctly rocky patch with his long-distance lover, Livia, and he has other concerns: he is uneasily conscious of anno domini and the dispiriting effect of the violence that is such an omnipresent part...

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
  • Author(s): Elena Ferrante
  • Location(s): Naples
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s

In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila have become women. Both have attempted pushing against the walls of a prison that would have seen them living a life of misery, ignorance and submission. They are afloat on the...

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