Authors Spotlight: Clare Pedrick

Chickens Eat Pasta by Clare Pedrick


Not just another romance, but a story of escapism, coincidences, friendship, luck and most of all… love.

Chickens Eat Pasta is the tale of how a young Englishwoman starts a new life after watching a video showing a chicken eating spaghetti in a mediaeval hill village in central Italy.

“Here I was, 26 years old, alone and numb with boredom at the prospect of a future which until recently had seemed to be just what I wanted.”

Unlike some recent bestsellers, this is not simply an account of a foreigner’s move to Italy, but a love story written from the unusual perspective of both within and outside of the story. As events unfold, the strong storyline carries with it a rich portrayal of Italian life from the inside, with a supporting cast of memorable characters. Along the way, the book explores and captures the warmth and colour of Italy, as well as some of the cultural differences – between England and Italy, but also between regional Italian lifestyles and behaviour. It is a story with a happy ending. The author and her husband are still married, with three children, who love the old house on the hill (now much restored) almost as much as she does.

Chickens Eat Pasta is Clare’s autobiography, and ultimately a love story – with the house itself and with the man that Clare met there and went on to marry. If you yearn for a happy ending, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a story that proves anything is possible if you only try.

Finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards (Adult Non-Fiction category)!

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Top Customer Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars
Lovely tale beautifully written
19 September 2016

As someone who was part of an Italian family for several years, I could absolutely relate to the author’s experiences. She describes life as a single English woman in a small village, and depicts the local characters with all their little foibles very well indeed, and with great affection.

I found myself nodding and smiling as I read about knocking the car into neutral downhill to save fuel, something an Italian friend taught me many years ago, and which I still do today.

It’s a tale of two love affairs – firstly with the ancient house she buys, and secondly with a young Italian. Despite their love, as they learn more about each other and she meets his family, the cultural gap between them widens until their romance starts to fall apart.

A thoroughly enjoyable read and one that is written by somebody who really knows how to write.

Barbara M. Webb

5.0 out of 5 stars
Umbria Here I Come!
9 February 2016

The title attracted me, and I too have gone to live in a foreign country, Ecuador in particular. So I was curious to read all about life in Umbria. Clare had the advantage of knowing Italian before she went, and being able to work as a reporter from there.
I love the book for its humour and its descriptions of the cultural changes. The romance added to the flavour.
In particular I liked the descriptions of food and wine. Mouth-watering.
I feel enthused enough to go and visit Umbria myself…perhaps live there.
I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one.


5.0 out of 5 stars
When is the film coming out?
24 September 2015

What a gripping story, absolutely loved it and read it in 2 days. Beautifully written and un-putdownable. It would make a great film along the same lines as Francis May’s Under the Tuscan Sun.
The only slight niggles were that there was no indication of which decade it was set in, and no mention of what happened with the break up of her previous 7 year relationship? Also there is no mention at all of the physical side of the main relationship. All of which leaves the reader to have to guess.
Definitely a good read though.

June Finnigan – writer

5.0 out of 5 stars
A lovely Cumbrian story
19 July 2016

I live in Tuscany, which is not far away and I can really relate to Clare’s wonderful characters and she paints the scenes so well. The reader is taken on an emotional journey as our English heroine searches for a new happy lifestyle after she breaks up with her boyfriend, and just maybe a little romance.
June Finnigan – Writer

Mrs. Catherine Evans

5.0 out of 5 stars
Lovely insight into life in Italy
27 August 2016

I loved this book.
The insight into life experienced by a British person buying a house & living in Italy was delightful. So much must be the same all over the whole of the country, especially the tale of the ‘ladies of the lay-bys ‘
Read it and enjoy !

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About The Author: Clare Pedrick

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CLARE PEDRICK is a British journalist who studied Italian at Cambridge University before becoming a reporter. She went on to work as the Rome correspondent for the Washington Post and as European Editor of an international features agency. She still lives in Italy with her husband, whom she met in the village where she bought her house.

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