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  • Publisher: Penguin Books (3 April 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0149047533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0149047531
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P A Masters on 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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bohemian Bon Vivant on 29 Feb. 2004
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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 amazon.uk -- 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 By Elaine Tweedy on 13 April 2003
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Aug. 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. N. Rigby on 7 Feb. 2008
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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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By mrs s j auckland on 2 Jun. 2003
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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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