Author(s): Helena Frith Powell
Out of the blue, at the age of twelve, Helena Frith PowellÃ¢ÂÂs mother gave her a letter after school saying that her real father would like to get in touch with her and that he was Italian. She met him shortly afterwards and was mesmerised by him and his many girl friends, and stunned by his advice on sex and relationships. Yet they stayed in touch irregularly and she lost touch when he stormed out of her wedding at the age of thirty. Five years later, having written two successful books he suddenly got back in touch. Visiting him in Italy she desperately wanted to understand him and the peculiarly strong emotional bonds that tied them together despite his unreliable nature. In this emotional journey, she revisits the places where they met in the past and her relatives to hear their stories about him.
'You really must read... Ciao Bella.' Sunday Times 'Magical.' Daily Mail 'Richly comic.' Sunday Times Best Memoir 'Humorous.' Daily Telegraph 'Beautifully written... I wanted to follow in Helena's footsteps round Italy.' Kate Figes 'I defy anyone not to enjoy it.' Harrow Observer 'A travel book with a difference.' Coventry Evening Telegraph
Helena Frith Powell is a journalist who writes for The Sunday Times and The Daily Mail and regularly appears on programmes such as Richard & Judy. This is her third book. She previously published bestselling Two Lipsticks and a Lover and More France Please.
Prologue 5 1. Two Hundred and Forty Steps 9 2. Nothing Gay about Gabriel 52 3. Fish and Fidelity 72 4. A Date with Caravaggio 103 5. Birds Obsessed with Sex 120 6. Truffles with Everything 150 7. Dinner with a Princess 162 8. An Erotic Tour of Venice 182 9. A Figure in Black and Blue 205 10. On Rimini Beach 221 11. Tea at the Grand Hotel 251 12. Unconditional Love 267 Afterword 286