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Publisher's Summary

Kate Langbroek’s deliciously funny, irreverent, and inspiring memoir about moving to Bologna with her family to seek la dolce vita is a glorious reminder of what we can learn from the Italians about living life to the fullest - and what really matters when the world goes to hell in a handbasket.

"I wasn’t looking to fall in love. It just happened. There were moments, encounters as fleeting as feelings. Sometimes - tellingly - they emerged from chaos."

When Kate Langbroek first dreamed of moving to Italy, she imagined a magnificent sun-drenched pastiche of long lunches and wandering through cobbled laneways clutching a loaf of crusty bread and a bottle of wine, Sophia Loren-style, while handsome men called out ‘Ciao Bella!’

In the stark light of day, the dream Kate shared with her husband, Peter, after an idyllic holiday in Italy seemed like madness. They didn’t speak Italian. They knew no one in Italy. They had four children. Kate also had the best job in the world on a top-rating radio show with her longtime friend Dave Hughes.

But the siren song of Italy was irresistible. This would be the adventure of a lifetime, a precious opportunity to spend more time with their children - Lewis, Sunday, Artie, and Jannie - and it came from a deep well inside to seize life after they almost lost Lewis to leukaemia.

Ciao Bella! is about having a dream and living it as Kate shares the sublime joys and utter chaos of adapting to a new life in Bologna, what you discover about yourself when you are a stranger in a strange land, and how she fell in love.

With a country.

Deliciously funny, irreverent, inspiring, and often deeply moving, Ciao Bella! is Kate’s love letter to Italy and her family. It is also a glorious reminder of what Italians can teach us about living life to the full - and what really matters when the world goes to hell in a handbasket. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Kate Langbroek (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Australia

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Ohhhhh so much joy! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. It has made my heart happy, and has me asking myself, could I do that? In a time when one can’t travel, this is the next best thing. Thank you Katie. Here’s to Italy

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A brilliant story. Kate has a way with words. I love her descriptive narrative.

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A must listen to....

Amore every word. Simply Magnifico. Delightful. My 1st audible. Kudos Kate. ♡♡♡♡♡
You brought Italy to life for someone whom has never been there.

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Wonderful adventure!

Thank you Kate for a throughly enjoyable book that got me through a couple of weeks of being a taxi driver on school runs. I laughed and cried and even my usually sullen teenage son didn’t mind it! Please return when we can travel so you can write another.

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Ci vediamo Kate

Wonderful of you to share your Italian experiences, family & friends. A pleasurable read. Thank you!

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This much is true *arms wide open

Having lived in the south of Italy I can relate to so much that Kate eloquently captures. Thank you for transporting me back in time and inspiring me to want to go back to Italy. That love affair, I felt it too! Highly recommend it to laugh and cry a little but mostly teach you to take a leap!😃❤

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Best audio book I’ve listened to

I downloaded this for a long drive home to sydney, usually I don’t seem to take much in via audio books, but this one, in Kate’s own voice, was just perfect. Funny, heartfelt, moving and with a wonderful baseline of optimism. The only (sort of) downside is I am now planning on moving my family to Italy. Thankyou Kate for your excellent company!

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Great read

Kate is a fantastic story teller. Her descriptive lines make me want to pack my bags for Italy for some mortadella.

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Amazingly beautiful

So much love in this book well done thanks for sharing. God Bless you all

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Malto Fantastico!

Absolutely loved this book. Kate is a brilliant story teller and what a fantastic story it is. Have listened to her for years on the radio and adore her. Funny, entertaining, inspiring and really well written. A total Gem.

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