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Under The Tuscan Sun

Frances Mayes

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Discover the New York Times bestseller that inspired the film. The perfect read for anyone seeking an escape to the Italian countryside. When Frances Mayes - poet, gourmet cook and travel writer - buys an abandoned villa in Tuscany, she has no idea of the scale of the project she is embarking on. In this enchanting memoir she takes the reader on a journey to restore a crumbling villa and build a new life in the Italian countryside, navigating hilarious cultural misunderstandings, legal frustrations and the challenges of renovating a house that seems determined to remain a ruin. Filled with evocative landscapes, delicious recipes and colourful characters, Under the Tuscan Sun is a book to savour. It's a love letter to Tuscany, good food, and the joys of starting over. "What makes it special is the sustained note of joy in it; joy in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, the sights and sounds of daily life, the physical labour involved in the restoration of this 200-year-old villa and the five acres of land that go with it" SUNDAY TIMES