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Deborah Cook
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Writer, blogger & social media fiend. In the midst of a metamorphosis!
Writer, blogger & social media fiend. In the midst of a metamorphosis!

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I am seriously OVER train stations with no elevators and escalators (ie. CInque Terre). And by that I mean I’m over the lack of ramps / elevators, not the places themselves! The worst thing is that you usually have to go up AND down. Or down AND up. I…
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I’ve already mentioned that Italy has been the only country I’ve ever wanted to visit. And maybe also Alaska. Though perhaps I mean the Antarctic. Or the Arctic? Whatevs… The dream Italian holiday included: Tuscany (obvs), Sorrento / Positano and Cinque…
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Yonks ago I wrote about happiness and the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. I’ve now lived that life – well, for one week – and though it (happily) involved no arduous renovations or (sadly) included no affairs with younger men, I’ve still walked away with…
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In case you live under a rock, or you know… don’t follow me on social media, you may not be aware I’m in Italy on a writing retreat with Aussie author Vanessa Carnevale. We’re over halfway through the week, which is incredibly depressing but it’s been a…
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I started reading this new release by the ever-popular Liane Moriarty after a dinner out with friends during which I spoke about a health retreat I’d been to in 2000. I’d planned four weeks in Italy (which is where I’ll be FINALLY when this review goes…
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I know it may surprise you, but I’m not entirely stupid. And though I’m not good with spatial stuff (in terms of ‘size’) I can usually read a map. However, contrary to these assertions I’ve managed to get lost in Florence not once but twice. So far.
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One of the few things I’d pre-booked before coming was a small-group boat trip from Sorrento to the Amalfi Coast. Well, officially it was the Amalfi Coast Boat Experience: from Sorrento to Positano, Li Galli, Rotonda and Castelletto. And – other than the…
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Although I’d always wanted to go to Italy to predominantly go to Tuscany; Sorrento and Positano always leapt out at me as did Cinque Terre. Planning my Italian trip – given the places I wanted to visit; the timing of the writing retreat; and parameters…
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I have finally made it. Not metaphorically of course. Fame and fortune are not yet mine, but I physically made it to Sorrento in Italy after an epic one and a half days of travel, which included planes, trains and an automobile. Italy has been the only…
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I read a comment on Goodreads about this book which went something like… “You know you’ve made it as an author when your name is larger than the title of the book on the cover.” They were speaking about Kate Morton of course, the English-dwelling Aussie…
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