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Ripe for the Picking

Ripe for the Picking [Kindle Edition]

Annie Hawes
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Ripe for the Picking shows how much life there is left in that perennial theme, the English Abroad. Travel books are popular, but classics such as My Family and Other Animals and A Year in Provence prove that books about English people actually living abroad are just as entertaining.

Annie Hawes is an Englishwoman who has lived in a tumbledown cottage in the Ligurian hills in Italy for about a decade. In Ripe for the Picking she picks up the story of her book Extra Virgin to recount more of her adventures among the locals.

The problem with this genre is that the authors often find it difficult to resist exaggeration. Their adventures abroad are always a bit unbelievable. Can the locals really be that eccentric? Are the difficulties fitting in always so troublesome? Is rural life in Italy or Greece or Spain really so charming? Happily, Annie Hawes avoids most of these pitfalls. Ripe for the Picking is down to earth, easy going and realistic. Hawes portrays the locals as ordinary, but interesting people instead of curious and amusing foreigners, and she writes about her day-to-day adventures in the Italian hills with zest, fresh humour and genuine appreciation for her hosts. When she gets snagged on a cultural difference she is more likely to examine herself than to blame her new culture. Finally, Hawes' book sheds light on the fast-paced, neurotic Anglo-Saxon existence from which she came. She reminds us that a dose of Italy would do us all good. --Dwight Longenecker

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During the course of Annie Hawes' new book, local culinary superstar, Ciccio, gradually takes over as Annie's constant companion. How irresistible is a man who first demonstrates his affection and esteem by inviting her into his vineyard to help himmix up cow manure, which she spends the afternoon slapping onto an old pizza oven to improve its insulation, before driving her at terrifying speed to a Herbie Hancock concert? But even with Ciccio's help, the everyday life of Ligurian folk never seems to lose its surreal edge for Annie. How long does she have to stay at Diano San Pietro before it all becomes normal run-of-the-mill stuff and ceases to amaze her? Will she ever manage to go native?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1013 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0754092844
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 April 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9T3M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not many sequels live up to this one 15 Feb 2004
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Annie's style of writing makes this such an excellent read, she is honest, does not judge but, relates the situations so well that you are drawn in. The way people behave in any situation gives you all you need to know and enables you to decide how you feel about each of them. Annie writes with genuine affection particularly for people, however good or bad they may be, a gentle humour (of which she is often the butt) but above all honesty. Having read Extra Virgin I could not wait to read this one. I was not disappointed. In fact so far from it that I only hope there will be further tales of Annie's life in Italy. I was completely drawn into the world in which she now lives, and can't help feeling I know everyone in it. Finishing this book is like leaving a group of old friends and not knowing when you will see them again. I cannot imagine anyone who has read Extra Virgin not wishing to read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now What Do I Do? 29 Feb 2004
I was a little wary of this book. How could it possibly match it's predecessor, Extra Virgin (a book that started off slow for me but which within just a chapter or two I couldn't put down). As another reviewer said, once I received Ripe for the Picking (from -- as it's not listed on the U.S. amazon site as of this writing) I was not disappointed. This book is like revisiting old friends after an extended absence, and we get right back into the "story" with ease. Oddly, this time around it's even more of a page turner, than the original, and I find myself having to force myself to put it away at night before bed and again the next morning before work. Annie Hawes seems to have blossomed as a writer, and offers us richly drawn details without being flowery and gushing, or, the alternative in this genre it seems, condescending to the locals they at the same time claim to love, as do a few even big names in this genre. Once again I found myself dreading the end as I neared the end of this book -- now what? In every way I felt just like my own great vacation had come to an end and now it was back to the grind, a little poorer for it being over. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do, and I have every faith and belief that you will.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mouthwatering slice of Italy 13 April 2003
Annie Hawes has certainly not let us down with this remarkable second book of her life in Liguria. Annie has now got herself a man and as he is a local Ligurian naturally she is now embroiled in the antics of his extended Italian family. Her warm and often hilarious accounts of this family and the familiar characters who featured in "Extra Virgin" will literally take you to Italy. I was particularly impressed with the mouthwatering descriptions of the food in this book, so much so that I am now dreaming of a trip to Italy which involves a very,very slow lunch with a very large Italian family!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Italy 26 Mar 2006
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I love Italy and this made me want to travel there pronto. A lovely and warm read about Liguria with the mind of a dry English lady
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ripe for the Picking 7 Feb 2008
I found this book in the Charity shop where I work so started half way through Annie's adventure (now reading Extra Virgin). I could not put this book down and definitely feel that Ripe is a far better read that Extra - well you've got romance in this for a start! After finishing the book I just sat down and cried my eyes out - after all, how many of us dream of this kind of a simpler life and more organic way of living, and never manage to achieve it. I still live in hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Italy 30 Dec 2013
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I loved this book as it's so funny and is set in a village behind Diano Marina that I know well. You can really sense the heat, wild flowers and the bees buzzing with all the atmosphere of rural Italy.
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By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I was so looking forward to reading this book, the sequel to `Extra Virgin.' So much so that I'd ordered this book before I'd even finished its funny, heart-warming predecessor and thankfully I wasn't disappointed.

On overall impressions, I liked this one even more so than the first. Hawes, whilst seen as less of a stranger by the locals now she's been living in Liguria for a while, still manages to write in a friendly, chatty manner without coming across as preachy or patronising. This, combined with the humorous re-capping of her encounters with friends and neighbours who also appeared in the first novel, gives the reader a genuine familiarity with what is going on and who is who, along with the impression that they too are experiencing the daily life of a small Italian village. No mean feat indeed.

This book unlike the last also finally has some real romance for English-woman Annie, in her relationship with a dashing chef, and even more delectable Italian food descriptions to drool over, a bonus for a foodie like me. Intermingled with the depictions of local customs and traditions and even more recounts of olive farming in the hills, this novel manages to be a charming, whimsical read that will make you positively long to head to Italy. Read it- you won't be sorry you did.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable read! 2 Jun 2003
Having thoroughly enjoyed Extra Virgin I couldn't wait to read Ripe for the Picking. I was worried that Ripe for the Picking could not possibly be as entertaining. However, if possible, I found this even better! Annie Hawes draws you into her life in Italy. I can smell and taste the wonderful food, feel the sunshine, sympathise with her frustrations, cheer with her when she gets results!!! I was sorry when I had finished reading the book, and just hope there are more to come!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Dr. V. K. Mcgivney
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Published 1 month ago by Heather Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars heartwarming book
I loved this book. Annie Hawes has a lovely sense of humour, and her descriptions of all the wonderful food often made me want to share it! Read more
Published 3 months ago by LME
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripe for the picking by Annie Hawes
Have this on my bookshelf for a few years now, text was pretty small, my eyesight worse, but downloaded it to my Kindle, wonderful, alot of words for your money and needless to say... Read more
Published 5 months ago by harry
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Annie

Yes, I'm an Annie-fan!

Have much enjoyed reading and re-reading her books about ending up in N Italy with a food-fanatic family. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bibilofilia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Every bit as good as the first book. A real treat to read. It's like getting caught up with old friends.
Published 7 months ago by SIE
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
More of the same from the ever-delightful Annie Hawes. This second volume about the ups and downs of setting up home in Liguria provides a further insight into life among the olive... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alison, Yorks
4.0 out of 5 stars Ripe for the Picking
It's pretty much a continuation of the first book, lots of repeats, but the relationship between her and the Italian boyfriend, where his whole family is involved, is amusing and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Frauke Warner
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Very amusing, has the ring of authenticity I can empathize as I have an italian background. Just a bit dated.
Published 20 months ago by Gerontius
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripe for the picking
I read the first book in this series, Extra virgin, and loved it. So it is nice to have a sequel and to find out what has happened over the authors subsequent years of living in a... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Oboe mamma
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