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Description - A House in Sicily by Daphne Phelps

Near Mount Etna in Sicily lies Casa Cuseni, a beautiful house built in golden stone - and the home which Daphne Phelps was astonished to find she had inherited in 1947. At the age of 34, war-weary from working as a psychiatric social worker, with barely any Italian and precious little money, she plunged into a fascinating Sicilian world. The many problems to be overcome included not only financial difficulties but local authorities and a house staff who initially felt no loyalty to the new Signorina, but who gradually accepted her as a respected member of their small community.To help make ends meet, for many years Daphne Phelps ran Casa Cuseni as a pension. To her doors came Roald Dahl, Tennessee Williams, Bertrand Russell and the painter Henry Faulkner. But just as important to her life and her story, which she tells in this book, are the Sicilians with whom she shared the love and care of Casa Cuseni: Don Ciccio, the local mafia leader; Vincenzio, general manservant who recited while he served the meals; Beppe, a Don Juan who scented his eyebrows and his moustache to attract the local girls; and, above all, the steadfast cook and housekeeper who lives with Daphne Phelps still,

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860496486
ISBN-10: 1860496482
Format: Paperback
(196mm x 131mm x 21mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 18-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Daphne Phelps

Daphne Phelps' house and garden has featured in The World of Interiors and was the subject of a Radio 3 programme. A House in Sicily is her first book.