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The Case of the Sleeping Beauty

Richard Walmsley

Inspector Beppe Stancato, newly appointed commissario in the town of Pescara, in Abruzzo, just prior to the earthquake which struck the mountain capital city of L'Aquila in 2009. The intriguing plot has many twists and turns, leading to a tense climax. The story is laced with humour and exalts the spectacular scenery and cuisine of this region of Central Italy.

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The Peasants of Abruzzo

Roberta Scipioni Ball

The year is 1910. Fifty years after Italy’s unification. The southern regions remain destitute, the peasants left with nothing. Living in the remote mountains of Abruzzo, Anselmo Scipioni knows he can either risk starvation or emigrate to America like millions of others.

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My Italian Country Chidhood

Aldo Zilli

A heart-warming story of a chef’s journey from the hills of Abruzzo to the heart of Soho. Aldo Zilli has been a major player in the world of celebrity chefs, appearing regularly on both television and radio as presenter and chef for four decades

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Abruzzo Intrigue

Bluette Matthey

Hardy Durkin leads a hiking tour into Italy's Abruzzo region where they experience the area's culture, food, and history. There is a good deal of exposure to the region's religious and spiritual past, and one of the tour group's members struggles with an odyssey of the soul that ends in redemption

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Home To Italy

Peter Pezzelli

In this delightful, moving novel, Peter Pezzelli brings to life the earthy sensuality of Italy's Abruzzo region— the smell of just-baked bread wafting through the village piazza; the shopkeepers sweeping the sidewalks first thing in the morning; groups of cyclists dotting the mountain roads—and spins a story of May-December romance as sharp and delicious as the olives of Villa San Giuseppe.

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Finding Valentino

Angela Di Sciascio

Angela Di Sciascio's father can no longer describe his past, lost in a world ravaged by Alzheimer’s disease. Deciding not to let his story fade, Angela embarks on a voyage that takes her through four seasons in her father’s Italy, reconnecting to her ancestry and absorbing all of its chaos, beauty and style.

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Gran Sasso

Gary Parkins

In 1943, Mussolini is deposed and taken to a secret location. But in London, Winston Churchill is troubled. The only thing that can head off a Communists takeover is to put Mussolini back in power. Naturally, Churchill cannot be seen to arrange such a thing.

Could Churchill's agents persuade Hitler's forces to rescue Mussolini?  The plot culminates in a daring, near-impossible glider-raid on a skiing hotel on Gran Sasso, the highest peak in the Apennine Mountains.