Comedy novel ‘The Dangerously Truthful Diary of a Sicilian Housewife’ gets rave reviews


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“Veronica Di Grigoli’s book The Dangerously truthful diary of a Sicilian Housewife takes us on her own personal odyssey, navigating through many monstrosities, perils and everyday adventures along the way.

The diary is filled with biting wit, an astute knack for observation and a powerful sense of determination which makes it a joy to read. Di Grigoli’s strong personality comes out as she deftly sketches out the intricacies of life on the complex island of Sicily at the heart of the Mediterranean.”

Rochelle Del Borello, Times of Sicily


Available on Amazon websites worldwide, in paperback and Kindle

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What happens when a London business consultant becomes a Sicilian housewife? 

Veronica has just dumped the world’s worst boyfriend and plans to become a career spinster. But when she flies to Sicily for a friend’s wedding, she accidentally falls in love with one of the groom’s three-hundred cousins.

She plucks up the courage to leave her family, friends, job, house, car and collection of seventies disco albums, and moves to a fishing village in northern Sicily with a population of two hundred people dressed in golden trainers.

First, her rosary-flailing Mother-in-law throws down the gauntlet or, rather, the rubber glove. Can Veronica live up to the standards of a Sicilian housewife? Crocifissa is a mother-in-law who owns a pasta saucepan big enough to boil Silvio Berlusconi, an iron hot enough to smelt platinum, and a collection of cleaning chemicals which can dissolve the glaze off the floor tiles. She is godmother to seven children. The Godmother.

Next, Veronica finds out her seaside dream villa is being constructed by the Mafia. The building contractor drops in carrying a hammer, threatening the house will collapse on top of her unless she pays him more money “to finish it properly”.

Can Veronica solve her problems by pitching one adversary against another? Join her on an unpredictable journey of hilarity, reckless driving and dangerously large portions of spaghetti.

“The Dangerously Truthful Diary of a Sicilian Housewife” is an almost true travel-novel, for people who need more belly-laughs.


“I bought a Kindle copy of this wonderful book and downloaded it some time ago onto my husband’s Kindle in anticipation of a long aeroplane ride that didn’t materialize… when I finally dug up his Kindle I sat down on the floor (next to the charger) and started reading… and reading… and laughing and laughing. I had to tear myself away in order to save some for my trip tomorrow but this is a gem of a book that reminds me, in all the very best ways, of one of my favourite traveling authors Gerald Durrell.

Veronica Di Grigoli brings Sicily to hilarious and colourfully informative life – I’m only sorry that I’m not traveling there tomorrow!

It’s very hard to write humor well, but she does it extraordinarily and effortlessly well. She also has a wonderful blog that you should rush over and read as soon as possible!”

Yangzee Choo, author of bestselling novel The Ghost Bride


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30 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh I have to read this. I can’t wait!! But the links aren’t working…. You are taunting us…….

    Found it! Bought it! Can’t wait to read it 🙂

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    1. Oh drat – thanks for telling me about the links…I’ll try to fix ’em.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Yep, got them working now. Thanks Kat!


  2. Congratulations! I am sure this is going to be great read. I hope it sells well and that ‘Fat Tony” doesn’t get too big a cut of the pie… capiche 🙂

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  3. dcdinoto says:

    Congrats! Is this going to be available on Kindle?

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    1. Yes – I am hoping it will come out on Kindle within the next week.

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    2. It’s just out on Kindle in the UK.

      The USA one should appear soon…


  4. Anonymous says:

    Can’t wait to read it!! Going to look now!


    1. I hope you enjoy it! Sure you will!! 😉


  5. Pecora Nera says:

    Reblogged this on Englishman in Italy and commented:
    A new novel from one of my favourite bloggers. A must read for all lovers of Italy and humour

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Marie Giacalone says:

    Just placed my order on Amazon. I enjoy your humor so much, but I am also truly interested in your perspective!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Make sure you let me know what you think after you’ve read it!


  7. Colin Bisset says:

    Congrats on getting your bambino out into the world! Looking forward to it.

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  8. Jules Brown says:

    Well done Veronica – this will be on the Kindle for my summer holiday! I wish you every success with it

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  9. The book sounds like something that I just have to get. I love funny real life stories even if the truth has been stretched a bit or maybe not. 🙂


    1. Nearly everything is true, it’s just exaggerated and blown up out of all proportion.
      Interestingly several of the literary agents who read it thought the last chapter was too far-fetched and spoiled it by over-exaggeration – which is funny since it’s the only part which I did not exagerate in any way, I basically translated and paraphrased the newspaper reports. But I don’t want to give you any plot spoilers! 😉


      1. Wouldn’t you know the agents would have to put their finger in the pie? That’s funny for sure about the part that was really factual.


      2. Yes! I am waiting to hear how the people’s who’ve bought the book react to that part….


  10. larobby says:

    Just ordered it!

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  11. larobby says:

    Reblogged this on Ubercrafts.

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    1. Thank you for the reblog and I hope you LOVE the novel!


      1. larobby says:

        I’m sure I will! Congrats x


  12. You are temporarily out of stock on .. Brava!

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    1. Oh, that’s Amazon’s bizarre trick to make you think it is in massive demand. I have no idea why they thought of doing something so silly.
      If you just go ahead and order it anyway, it comes within the normal time period!!!!


  13. Sonia says:

    Just finished reading the book whilst in Sicily (Trabia, PA) and it was fabulous!
    I really enjoyed the book …..look forward to your next one!!

    I ordered the book from Amazon and it took a while to print but was worth the wait.

    Book was so true to the Sicilian life…


    1. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it!


  14. ailsajones says:

    I am an English woman also married to a lovely Sicilian man and currently laughing out loud at your book.


    1. VH says:

      So, are your in-laws anything like mine? 😉


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