A Small Place in Italy - Inscribed - Eric Newby 1994 - HarperCollins, London - First Edition Inscribed by Eric Newby ‘To Gilly, with best wishes from Eric Newby’.

‘This book is a lush and beautiful memoir of a very special house and a superb recreation of a bygone era.

In 1967, veteran travel writer Eric Newby and his heroic wife Wanda fulfilled their dream of a return to life in the Italian hills where they first met during World War II. But this fulfilment would not come easy. The dream materialised in the form of I Castagni ('The Chestnuts'), a small, decrepit farmhouse with no roof, an abandoned septic tank and its own indigenous wildlife reluctant to give up their home. But in the foothills of the Apuan Alps on the border of Liguria and Northern Tuscany, this ramshackle house would soon become a hub of love, friendship and activity.

Whether recounting dangerous expeditions through Afghanistan or everyday life in a country house, Newby's talent shines through as one of the foremost writers of the comic travel genre.’ [HarperCollins]
  Octavo, pp. [12] 211 [1]. In publisher’s blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Dust jacket priced ‘£14.99 net’ to lower corner of front flap.   Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.   Ref: 110003   Price: HK$ 800