When Nicky Pellegrino’s Italian father came to England he fell in love with and married a Liverpool girl. He brought to his new family his passion for food and instilled in them what all Italians know – that you live to eat instead of eating to live. This Italian mantra is the inspiration behind Nicky’s delicious novels. Every summer the family left their home in Merseyside and returned to her father’s home town, near Naples, in southern Italy. When Nicky met and married a New Zealander she moved to Auckland where she works as a journalist and edits a woman’s magazine. She hoards her annual leave so that she and her husband can return to Italy to meet up with her family and to eat the best mozzarella and research her books.
Some of our favourite authors share the places that inspired their novels. Sit back, relax and let the likes of Erica James, John Ironmonger and Liz Fenwick whisk you away to somewhere sunny.
One Summer in Venice, Nicky Pellegrino’s delicious tale of one woman’s search for happiness among Venice’s maze of canals, bridges and piazzas is out on 21st May. We sat down for a chat with Nicky to find out about a few of the things that make her happy.
Author Nicky Pellegrino writes about the love of food which has inspired her novels.