My Amalfi Coast is a loving memoir of the place Amanda called home for so many years, and a guide packed with insider’s tips on the coast’s history,where to eat, stay, shop and visit. Amanda takes us to the very heart of a region where the splendour of the scenery is more than matched by the warmth and charm of the people. We tour the coastal towns that are strung across the cliffs like exotic baubles, with their Moorish cupolas, gelato-coloured houses and knee-shakingly steep hills.
We bask on the beaches and drift across the azure waters of the Mediterranean. We explore the countryside, with its buffalo, vineyards, lemon groves and ancient ruins, and experience the rhythm of local life as determined by the tides, the long lunches, the arrival of the tourists for the summer and the endless round of festivals. Along the way we are invited to share Amanda’s own story: the holiday that led to a love affair, which in turn inspired her to trade a glamorous fashion career in Florence for bare feet, a bikini and a beautiful man in the jewel-like town of Positano. We meet the family who take her into their home and their beachside restaurant, where she waits tables and rubs shoulders with the patrons – an eclectic mix of celebrities, tourists and local eccentrics.
We follow Amanda as she becomes a mother, business owner, and bona fide local, before finally making the decision to return to Australia. Beautifully photographed by Carla Coulson, My Amalfi Coast is a warm and intimate account of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal regions, and of a culture that knows how to appreciate the things that truly matter in life. “Open up this work of love on any page, and you’ll smell the fresh grilled mozzarella on lemon leaves and feel the warmth of the Neapolitan sun on your face. Lucky for Amanda to have loved this fairytale life, and lucky for us to be able to enjoy it vicariously through her vivid descriptions and the gorgeous photos.” Patricia Schultz, author of 1000 Places to See Before You Die ( Workman Publishing)