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Now and Then in Tuscany: Italian journeys


A lovingly researched account, based on true stories, about Giuseppe Starnucci, a young Italian boy, at the start of the twentieth century, as he journeys on foot with shepherds from his mountain village in the Tuscan Apennines to the coast. His adventures are tracked by his great grandson one hundred years later and we learn of present day problems mirroring those of his ancestors. A story of hardship, secrets and romance which brings to light the customs and people of rural Tuscany in a troubled period of history, when the dominance of Mussolini is always lurking in the background. The author's literary style has been praised as: "a great combination of a true account and fiction." This is sequel to the author's first novel, "Tuscan Roots", praised by Julia Gregson for its "vivid, natural and direct...writing. Moving and interesting with lovely touches of humour." Both of these family sagas about Tuscany are stand-alone.

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Angela Petch

I'm British but a bit of a wanderer: born in Germany, I've lived and worked in Italy, Holland and East Africa. Everywhere, I've gathered stories and, being a serious bookworm and having always devoured others' books, I've now written two historical romances of my own. In 2018 I signed a two-book deal for two Tuscan novels and in November 2018 "Mavis and Dot" will be published - a departure from histfic into humour. This novella was written in memory of a dear friend who died from ovarian cancer. All profits from this sale will go to cancer research.

In London, I worked for The Times but soon moved to Amsterdam where I was p.a. cum Italian interpreter to a Dutch boss in the construction industry. Then the whole project moved to Sicily,where I met my wonderful half-Italian husband to be. We've moved around for his work and my career came (through choice) second, whilst I brought up our three children. I have always worked part-time - as a FE tutor in Italian, translator and even a B and B landlady.  Now that our three seem  settled and there are four grandchildren to bring us joy and keep them busy, it is time for me...

We live half the year in remote, "un-Chiantishire" Tuscany where we let out a beautiful restored watermill to holidaymakers from all over the world (more stories) and inbetween tending this business, I can be found exploring the Apennines and scribbling in my notebook. Visit to see where I live.

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