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The Bowels of the Earth

“What does it feel like to be buried alive?” asks Veronica Di Grigoli. “My Grandfather once spent twelve hours digging is way out of a collapsed coal mine with his bare hands. This is his story.”



17 Comments Add yours

  1. Jan Walcott says:

    Bought your book last week, and it is amazing. I have laughed out loud so many times that I have probably embarrassed myself. Particularly your take on Sicilian dialect. My teacher has taught us most of the “bad” words that have certainly helped in watching the Montalbano videos over and over!!! Your writing is just such a pleasure to read, with all of the wonderful descriptions and exaggerations!!!

    1. Thank you so much!! I am so glad to hear you’re enjoying it. Yes, a bit of Sicilian tutoring does come in handy for watching Montalbano.
      Would you be kind enough to post a review on Amazon once you’ve finished it?

  2. maristravels says:

    On my second reading at nightime, as i can fall asleep thinking happy thoughts of Sicily brought to me with humour and kindness. Have recommended it to many people and will add it to any articles and blogs I do on Sicily.

  3. I love your new website! Best of luck!💜

    1. VH says:

      Thank you! xxxx

  4. Ann says:

    Great new website. Whets the appetite

  5. Jo Manning says:

    Talking about the Sicilian Evil Eye on Facebook and found this! Am Sicilian-American, married into a family that settled America in the early 1600s. Wrote a romantic novel, The Sicilian Amulet, based on my mother’s family stories. Check it out if you have the chance!

  6. Denene Marie says:

    I just came across your website. I was watching a Lebanese cook on (create). I was told by my mother that my grandpa Joe mentioned that we may have some Lebanese heritage . I think I may look into a DNA test ! . My father always instilled in me to be proud of our Sicilian heritage. I embrace it because of him. I am definitely going to check out your books! Can’t wait.
    Denene Marie

  7. Art says:

    The Dangerously Truthful Diary of a Sicilian Housewife is a compelling and really enjoyable read and essential to anyone with a more than a holidaying interest in Sicily – it gives a realistic and truthful account of Sicilian life and what makes Sicily click. Thoroughly recommended!

      1. Art says:

        Piacere mio!

  8. Patricia Sarah Bach says:

    Hi Veronica,
    We want to touch bases with you….We are in Taormina ( American, British, some German)

    1. VDG says:

      Are you on holiday or living there?

      1. Sarah says:

        We have been here off and on since 1980. We are now here caring for a loved one. We are now retired and more flexible with travel plans. I saw your web site and was inspired to write to you. I thought the pages were witty, imaginative and full of life’s exhuberance. Thinking of RL Stevensons: playing your hand well

      2. VDG says:

        Thank you! I’m so pleased you have been enjoying it.
        We’ve moved to England now. We’re in another phase of life for our son’s education.
        But who knows when we’ll move back to Sicily?

      3. Sarah says:

        I’m sitting in the North right now (brrrr) I took a one week break, returning on Thursday.
        Changing countries for education is a familiar theme for me. You discover new aspects of language and traditions as well as self-development. It takes guts and commitment.

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