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Getting To Manana Paperback – 5 Jul 2004

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; New Ed edition (5 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552770981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552770989
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'If you like writing on houses, food and relationships, this smart little book has much to recommend it'" (Daily Telegraph)

"'A true love story, and a wholly enjoyable account of a life-changing move from England to Andalucia'" (Joanna Lumley)

"'A terrific read, lyrically descriptive and down to earth'" (Choice)

"'An inspiring read'" (Glasgow Herald)

"'A beautiful book'" (Susan Hampshire)

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An English woman's life in southern Spain; of learning a new language, building a beautiful house and garden, and falling in love - all over again.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Scott-mandeville VINE VOICE on 8 Feb. 2005
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Miranda Innes found that the house she wanted was named Casa Miranda, which means House with a View. This serendipitous coincidence confirmed and justified her decision to buy a ruined farmhouse in the hills above Malaga. Her account of settling in Spain is highly personal, with a welter of family detail and her own frustrations and hopes, but she leavens all the problems with style, humour, enthusiasm, and a lucky facility with similes. The inclusion of her own, her sons' and her new man's personal issues make this tale on the familiar theme of exchanging the urban jungle for a place in the sun just that little bit different. Miranda's story is dominated less by endless fracas with the builders, or lyrical waxings on the Spanish way of life, than with coping with the everyday vicissitudes of a woman's life. The flow of words ramble entertainingly in all directions, but never lose sight of the goals of telling a good story. You could almost be reading a Joanna Trollope novel, but this is about real people with real problems and dreams and how the two can be worked out alongside each other.
Each chapter finishes with a mouth-watering recipe, contributed by various members of her family and friends. The area she has chosen to live in is idyllic; marvellous landscape, ancient roots, beautiful flowers (and Miranda Innes knows her plants), good neighbours whether Spanish, British, or, in one case, an eccentric Italian/Slovakian couple, and the wonderful over-riding sunshine which makes difficulties just so much more bearable.
Miranda Innes planned this book as a catharsis and transition from the world of deadlines and office politics into a more relaxed approach to writing and thereby, life itself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jeanne butcher on 19 Sept. 2005
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We all have dreams of doing this and that. But do we do them...or just dream about them? Here is a dream from the heart that Miranda Innes can share with us all. Miranda's dream...but more than a dream. It is her inspiration, determination, trials and tribulations...getting there.. to a new life of experiences. I have truly enjoyed reading this book and I'm sure you will too. Adios Amigo!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Fry on 26 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book.
We moved over to live in Spain permanently earlier this year. After renovating our apartment on the coast to use as a permanent base, we set off in search of a 'project' Perhaps because of this I could relate to all the situations & exasperations of falling for and reforming a house in the campo 'countryside '
There were many times I laughed out loud especially the section on making loud noises before sleeping rough in the stables - been there, done that one!
I have recommended this book to friends who have enjoyed it as much as I did. In fact I rationed myself to reading a chapter a day, as I didn't want to finish too quickly!
The occasional recipe in the book, came as an unexpected bonus.
The first one or two chapters were not as good as the rest of the book, so persevere, and the ending came as a surprise.
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By Dee on 3 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading this book and having just arrived in Spain to live in a Cave Home we have been renovating for 2 years, everything in the book has amused me because Miranda seems to have had so many of the same experiences and frustrations. The biggest difference is that when we arrived, our British Builder did a runner and left us with so much extra expense to redo things we had already paid for. I laughed so much when reading this book, and having moved also from north London to southern Spain was quite a coincidence! I wish Miranda all peace and happiness in the rest of her life wherever she settles! Thanks. I am so sad the book has ended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beverly on 25 Dec. 2012
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good & very familiar to all of us who have made Spain our home
many good amusing events & laughs
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