The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy

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The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy
CATHERINE MCNAMARA grew up in Sydney and moved to Paris to study French, and ended up in Ghana running a bar. She moved to Italy eight years ago.
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  • The End of Love: What if Anais Nin and Henry Miller had Skyped? 2 weeks ago I had a thought. Young Diva Daughter (who doesn’t read this) spends much time with her Beloved on Skype. They are bewitched. Captivated. If not Skyping, they are furiously typing on whatsapp. Everything is short and furious and oh-so-immediate. No chafing at the postbox and ripping open envelopes...
  • Women and Rage 3 months ago There is a lot of sh** in the air lately. I mean that seriously. The farmers in our area are fertilising vacant and weedy fields before ploughing and sowing their winter crop. Up and down the poplar-lined roads you smell the cowshit they spray over these fields. Close all windows please. Do not...
  • Love Song with Cello 2 months ago Faces in places: Marais girl, ParisI caught a plane home the other day. Just a short, cheap flight. Which means a long wait and a long, unruly queue. As I stuffed and restuffed and pounded and squeezed my bag closed, I realised that my book (Alison MacLeod's 'Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction'...
  • I don't wanna go home 3 months ago It happens every time I go away. Not just away like for work even if it is in a cool place. It's not that. It happens each time I go on my annual camping trip to Corsica. You see, once I get into the rhythm of it, I really don't want to go home. I want to stay on there in my shorts and bikini with...
  • The Best Things in Life 4 months ago Spot the cat!After a van breakdown on the perilous A4, a twelve-hour driving stretch including burrowing under the scary Mont Blanc tunnel and charging through central France, your bed-and-breakfast falling through, a night-time unloading of an entire summer collection and staggering about with...

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  • Why Italy Will Break Your Heart Many Times Over Expat Blog Awards 2013 Why Italy Will Break Your Heart Many Times Over This isn’t about sex. It’s not about having your heart pummelled by some dopey guy or silly female. It’s not about an affair or the end of a long marriage. Though it could be. Italy will...

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Website Reviews » There are 12 reviews on The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy

Gina Samarotto
14:49 PM November 01, 2012

Warm, intelligent bloggings! Love it!

Alessandra VERONA
16:22 PM November 01, 2012

Funny and new.loved it

Francesca Muir
21:28 PM November 01, 2012

Such honesty - Catherine writes with passion and a great sense of humour. Her posts make my day! F

Marina Sofia
08:37 AM November 02, 2012

This is such a fun and varied blog - it conveys perfectly all the delights and frustrations of expat life, the daily wonder and bafflement, as well as profound understanding and love of Italy.

Komberly Sullivan
11:34 AM November 02, 2012

Great post. As a fellow ex-pat, I find this funny and very, very true.

Averil Dean
14:06 PM November 02, 2012

Catherine is a poet in four-inch heels, and she always makes me laugh.

Diego
15:48 PM November 02, 2012

Good job. Well done!

Yvonne Stewart
18:29 PM November 02, 2012

Cat has it all! Warm intelligent insightful challenging and a fab laugh. She is grappa made flesh - an injection of espresso - a warm embrace - a friend! The writing is of such consistently high quality - the posts have you begging for more.

Downith
19:35 PM November 02, 2012

At times hilarious and times poignant, Catherine's posts always give me something to think about.

Rachel
21:45 PM November 04, 2012

Catherine makes me think, laugh and question. Wonderful use of language and a different and interesting point of view. Fun to read and so very thought provoking!

Conor Fitzgerald
12:23 PM November 12, 2012

Catherine filters her experience of Italy through a veil of humour and observation in a way that makes you smile, but also makes you want to lift the veil and see the deeper motivations driving her. She makes you care for her and root for her.

Lisa Chiodo
23:33 PM December 04, 2013

Always love your blog Catherine!!! One I look forward to sending love xxx lisa | renovating italy

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