The Reluctant Tuscan by Phil Doran
How I Discovered My Inner Italian

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Rising From The Mist in the sun-blushed hills of Tuscany is Il Piccolo Rustico, a 300-year-old stone farmhouse that Nancy Doran dreams of lovingly restoring into an idlyllic home. All her husband Phil can see is a crumbling money pit that, as far as dreams go, is more of a nightmare.

Reluctantly leaving behind high -octane, air-conditioned Los Angeles where he lives and works as a writer-producer, Phil is uprooted to a strange country intoxicated by O sole mio, virgin olive oil and oak-aged Chianti. The local village reveals itself to be a hive of seething passions, secrets and age-old blood feuds, and the newcomers find that life is not all strolls around town during the passagiato and relaxing under the awnings of picturesque cafes.

Beset by a rift of exasperating challenges - from the cunning tricks of the Pinatore family to an infuriating Byzantine Italian bureaucracy - it is only with an inspired touch of the 'Inner Italian' that Phil and Nancy finally manage to soften the hearts of their neighbours and are embraced by the community.


About Phil Doran

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A TV producer for over twenty-five years, PHIL DORAN worked as a writer-producer for such shows as Sanford and Son, Too Close for Comfort, Who’s the Boss?, and The Wonder Years. He received an Emmy nomination, a Humanitas, and the Population Institute Award for his work on All in the Family. He has also written travel articles for the Los Angeles Times. He and his wife divide their time between Tuscany and their home in California.
Published September 30, 2012 by Virgin Digital. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction

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Readers of Doran's amusing memoir about relocating from Los Angeles to the tiny Tuscan town of Cambione must first suspend their disbelief that a person in his right mind would actively resist

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bureaucratic red tape, renovations on the house finally begin ---.

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