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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.