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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  • Adieu, Mon Doux Rivage 7 years ago It is time for us to part. Hence, this heartbreaking title. Which is an aria written by the largely-not-remembered composer Meyerbeer, who once moaned about Chopin. In a very catty way.It is also the title of one of my short stories, hopefully in a new book coming out at some point in time. A...
  • Hopping About 8 years ago This summer has been the wildest one so far. I never knew I could move around so much without going slightly mad. Time zones. Seasons. Languages. Wardrobes. Prior to the great Sydney expedition I took part in the second edition of the London Short Story Festival, four days saturated with short...
  • Homecoming Queen 8 years ago It's been a long while. Unspeakably long. And while I have been catching cheap flights to London pretending to be a writer and swanning up and down the Dolomites in a corduroy skirt, my home city has been growing more and more balmy and glamorous. And glamour is the word that comes to mind when you...
  • A Winter Love Affair 8 years ago Anyone who knows me knows where my heart now lies in winter. Yes, there has been a slight displacement. I used to spend winter drooling over boots in shop windows and waiting for prices to come crashing down. I always used to find a good and solid reason to invest in just another pair of shoes. I...
  • How Fragile We Are 8 years ago I was going to write a sombre-toned post-Charlie-Hebdo blog post about this winter's work mission to fashion week in Paris. You know, grey rooftops and the Eiffel Tower glittering in spite of all that horror. A jitteriness in the air that we may well have been imagining, jittery ourselves. And this...

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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.

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.

19:35 PM November 02, 2012

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

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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