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If you like novels inspired by and set in Italy, and films like 'Enchanted April', 'Only You' and 'Summer Madness', you might like the new novel by Alison Greaves, 'In Vacanza', available now as an e-book from amazon.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 07:40

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Mon, 07/02/2012 - 10:41

I didn't even know there was an Items For Sale section, so thanks for pointing that out. Now that I've found it, though, it seems that nobody ever looks at it - the last post was in February - and it seems to be just about actual 'items', not creative works like photographs people might be interested in. Everyone looks at this page, so this would seem to be the best place to mention anything you want people to read.

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 07:36

Brianm: I notice you once used this site to advertise a house you were selling.

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 06:57

sprostoni, Esme, Brianm: Isn't the point of this 'Community' that we can share information about Italy and all things Italian? Whether or not you like the photos, books, films, songs, B&Bs, hotels, campsites, ferries or whatever else members talk about, don't they have a right to mention them? YOU might not want to hear about them, but OTHERS might. How else are they supposed to find out? Not everything is out there in the public arena and even where they are, it is hard to know whether you will like them. Hearing someone else's perspective on a site like this might help some people to decide. On the 'Love Venice' theme: My novel In Vacanza includes a chapter where a group of English holidaymakers spend a wonderful day in Venice and another where the main character goes back to the island by herself. She also goes to Burano, Murano and Torcello and on another day to Sirmione on Lake Garda. It is available as an e-book at:  (yes, I have posted the link!) There is also a wonderful old film called Summer Madness, also released on DVD as Summertime. Starring Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi, it conjures up amazing images of Venice. No, I have no vested interest in this - it was made long before I was born - I just love it and think that others might love it too.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 07:37

I really like the photos. I've been to Venice and Burano many times and I love both. It's not clear, though, from the text accompanying your pictures whether you actually liked Venice. You meant to go for two days, but could only stand one? That's not a very good advert. I'd say that one day really isn't enough. You can visit at quieter times of the year if you really don't like the crowds and even in the summer you can experience a more peaceful Venice if you wait until the evening after the crowds have gone. People are right about going off the beaten track, but you don't need to go to another island to get away from the crowds. Travelling between islands, especially in one day, can be exhausting. There are lovely squares where you can eat and drink inexpensively within walking distance of St. Mark's Square and/or the Rialto. 

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 09:05

No-one says you have to buy it or even look at it. Others might want to. Someone asked for the Italian link. Cheer up.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 08:38

Just to add that you can buy this book from the Italian amazon store if your kindle is registered in Italy. The link is: Ebooks can also be downloaded onto iPads and certain phones, as well as to your PC.

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Wed, 06/20/2012 - 08:32

Well done. That is great news.

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Wed, 06/20/2012 - 08:31

Yes, Stribs, mine is available in Italy too. It is a novel about a group of Brits on holiday in a resort near Venice. The name is 'In Vacanza' and the link is: I hope you enjoy it. If so, please spread the word!

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Fri, 06/01/2012 - 08:44

Mine's only just come out this week, so fingers crossed. I put something on this forum about it a few days ago. It's called 'In Vacanza' and the link is: Let's hope we both do well!  

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Thu, 05/31/2012 - 07:09

Well done, Jill. I hope it goes well. For me, living in Italy is still a dream. Maybe one day! And my own kindle book is a novel, inspired by that dream!