"Ciao! WE'RE IN AFRICA"
A$19.95 RRP plus postage.
I was born Maria Martore in 1934. But I have been renamed Iucci by my husband Eugenio Piergiovanni. He is thirteen years my senior, is fluent in three languages and is a charismatic businessman. We have left Italy and the only family I have ever known to go to Africa seeking adventures and fortune. I keep thinking - Is Africa really going to be that welcoming? Is my husband's dream of selling Italian Haute Couture to expatriates ridiculous?
In December 1955, we settle in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia and open our Italian fashion shop. Our success is promoted by the fashion editor of “The Rhodesian Herald”, as we design clothes for the first entrant of the “Miss World” competition from Rhodesia and Nyasaland.
“Ciao! WE'RE IN AFRICA” is based on true events. Through the writing skills of her author daughter, Maria-Iucci’s story is narrated as a memory, as if living in the moment. Coinciding historical event timelines have been carefully researched and evocative photographs included.
"GOODBYE TO Italia"
A$19.95 RRP plus postage.
A pretty little Italian girl skips outside to peer up at the unexpected drone of aeroplanes, unaware of the danger as her neighbour, an eccentric opera singer, fervently prays for her teenage son.
It is the start of WWII. An age difference of thirteen years separates the little girl Mariolina Martore and the army officer Eugenio Piergiovanni, but their lives are destined to intertwine. Mariolina is a timid but stalwart child who lives with her mother and grandmother. During the war years, they endure bombings, cold, hunger, and disease in Torino, Northern Italy. In contrast, Eugenio, a teenage soldier, is captured and spends six years in African prison-of-war (POW) camps - one of which boasted 63,000 prisoners at one time. Eugenio's transition into adulthood during captivity, as told through his diaries, makes for bittersweet humour as he strives to find laughter in sad situations.
GOODBYE to Italia is a non-fiction romantic story of Italian drama, courage, and humour. So as to stay true to the retelling by her mama and papa, and to capture the essence of living through those times, the chapters in the first half of the book interchange between the two diverse characters, Mariolina and Eugenio, as they come of age.
Both Books for only A$30.00 plus postage
Availability in Queensland Bookstores
* AVID Reader Bookshop – West End, Brisbane
* The Story Tree - Boonah, Scenic Rim
* CANUNGRA Book & Arts - Canungra, Scenic Rim
Under The Greenwood Tree - Tambourine Mountain, Scenic Rim
The Book Tree - Ruthven Street, Toowoomba
Thanks and Happy Reading!