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The Astronomer's Pig [Paperback]

Rosanne Dingli

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April 2011
This is a collection of succulent short stories, featuring various locations, each of which is accompanied by a recipe. Where will this book live: in the kitchen? On the coffee table? The international flavour of the locations and recipes will add distinction and interest to your reading and cooking.

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Known by an international audience for her prize-winning short stories, Rosanne Dingli has published fiction successfully for over 20 years. With three novels also selling in paperback and ebook, this author's range has broadened, especially with the opening up of the publishing industry in 2010.

Most of Rosanne Dingli's fiction centres around the Arts, such as painting, music and literature. She also uses locations and their allure to anchor her fiction and give it substance.

Camera Obscura is the latest addition to this author's shelf of novels. A romantic adventure using photography, art theft, and fascinating locations, it takes the reader on one of this author's breathless chases, which are now well-known and loved by her readers.

Rosanne Dingli's novel According to Luke was released a year ago. This exciting and controversial thriller has been described by some as a combination of religious thriller and romantic suspense.

Rosanne Dingli is now writing full-time after retiring from teaching in 2009. Her out-of-print short fiction and poetry is once more available in handy easy-to-read volumes that do not cost the earth.

Her work in progress is another thriller that uses art, travel, and other interesting background references. Watch this space for more, or visit

A popular author's blog is available at

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good quiet reflective read 15 Nov 2013
By Hugh Ashton - Published on
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I know the author on Facebook, so realise that many of these stories are set in Malta, otherwise I wouldn't have known. Not that it really matters, I suppose. The stories explore people and their relations with each other rather than with their environment, sometimes in an enigmatic fashion that leaves the reader hanging in midair and writing his or her own conclusion to the story. Again, not a bad thing.

Not a book to read if you're looking for edge-of-the-seat action. But if you want reflections on human nature, with more than a touch of humour added, then this is a great read.

And the recipes? Haven't tried them yet, but they look great. Didn't know you could make piroshki in an oven, rather than deep-frying them.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short & Savory! 22 Aug 2013
By Grandma - Published on
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Those who like a good short story will enjoy The Astronomer's Pig from Australian author Rosanne Dingli. The volume contains seven stories - "The Tsar's Finger", "Life Sentence", "The Astronomer's Pig", "Shacks", "The Woman Who Loved Moses", "The Axe", and "History." Food plays an important and often surprising part in each story - recipes included!

Recipes are unusual but simple to produce. Most measurements are straightforward, though you will want a digital scale to measure flour for two of the recipes. You'll find a 1 liter marking on one side of your Pyrex quart measuring pitcher. (If your liquid measure is smaller, 1000 ml equals 1 liter.) Quantities given for meat in the couple of instances where some degree of precision is required are 800 grams, or just over a pound and a half, which would be close enough. The one ingredient I noticed that needs a bit of translation if you aren't used to cooking in International English rather than American English is the term "plain flour", which is the same as "all purpose."

Grandma's $0.02 - Several of my favorite authors are known for their short stories rather than their tomes. Feel free to add Rosanne Dingli to the list. Enjoyable read, love the Avgolemono Soup!

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