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  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette Australia

The Hungry Student, Australia, Biography: general, Memoirs, Prose: non-fiction, European history, Travel writing, Classic travel writing

The conclusion to Penelope Green's bestselling trilogy about her life in Italy that includes When in Rome and See Naples and Die.

From her rooftop terrace, Penelope looks out across the sparkling waters of the Bay of Naples, and into a garden of lemon trees and magnolias. Has her Italian dream come true?

Imagine catching a ferry home and stepping onto a waterfront lined with multicoloured buildings, busy with fishing boats and couples strolling to their favourite cafe.

For Penny and her Italian love Alfonso, the idyllic island of Procida can offer the life they are looking for. But first Penny has to find a way into its small community. One thing she has in common with the locals is a love of food, so she sets herself a goal - to master the Procidan cuisine and become more than just a visitor.

Across kitchen tables, in bustling cafes, and over long lunches under vine-covered pergolas, Penny learns the art of Italian cooking, builds friendships, and discovers the rhythms and secrets of island life.

PRAISE for See Naples and Die:

'This is a bewitching, true tale of a tantalising city. Magnifico!' Marie Claire

'frank, funny and honest' Notebook

'Her down to earth tone and genuine curiosity make for an interesting and insightful read' Sun-Herald

PRAISE for When in Rome:

Winner of the Grollo Ruzzene Foundation Prize in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

'Written engagingly and with great honesty, Penelope Green's experiences definitely do not include restoring any farmhouses... Funny and full of heart.' The Australian Women's Weekly

'Green deserves to be congratulated on her bravery and candour... and her descriptions of Rome are so vivid you can almost smell the coffee.' Sun-Herald

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Praise for Girl by Sea

  • It s a lovely chronicle of the joys and pitfalls of moving to a small community... A charming concoction of love, food and life with recipes! - The Australian Women s Weekly

  • With her observant eye for detail, young Sydney-born journalist Penelope Green's account of her time living on the beautiful Italian island of Procida with her partner, Alfonso, is an endearing insight into a small community where life, love and food reign supreme. - Sunday Telegraph

  • interspersed with mouthwatering recipes and Procida is explored from a historical, cultural, architectural, social and heart-on-the-sleeve personal perspective. Delivered with a light and breezy tone, it's easy to consume. - Courier Mail

  • It s a lovely chronicle of the joys and pitfalls of moving to a small community... A charming concoction of love, food and life with recipes! - THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY

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Penelope Green

Penelope Green was born in Sydney and worked as a print journalist around Australia for a decade before moving to Rome in 2002. Her first book, When in Rome, recounts her early experiences in the Eternal City. In 2005 she moved to Naples to work for ANSAmed, a Mediterranean news service. She found an apartment in the city's colourful Spanish Quarter, worked hard at mastering the Neapolitan dialect, and writing her second travel memoir, See Naples and Die. Girl by Sea completes Penny's Italian experience as she moves to the idyllic island of Procida, across the bay from Capri, with her Italian partner, Alfonso. The couple have now returned to Australia, where they are making a new life for themselves back in the Southern hemisphere. For more information visit penelopegreen.com.au