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- DescriptionSince first setting eyes on Italy at the age of 22 through the periscope of a submarine, Eric Newby has come to feel it is the country he kws and understands best. In 1967, he and his wife bought Il Castagni , otherwise The Chestnuts , a small and ruius farmhouse in the foothills of the Apuan Alps on the borders of Liguria and rthern Tuscany. They were the first foreigners to live in this particular area, and the only ones. The house came complete with, among other indigeus wildlife, a large colony of cockroaches, a band of predatory mice the size of small cats and, unkwn to them when they bought the house, a sitting tenant, Attilio, an extremely eccentric and ancient man who had once built an aeroplane and crashed it. In this book, Eric Newby describes how he and his wife pulled the house back from collapse and tells of their friendship with the neighbouring contadini , country people, which endured for 25 years, and a way of life w changed almost beyond recognition.
- Author(s)Eric Newby
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
- Date of Publication03/05/1994
- SubjectTravel Writing
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHarperCollins Publishers Ltd
- Out-of-print date13/06/1996
- Weight1 g
- Width242 mm
- Height26 mm
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