Catherine Mangan studied languages at University College Cork before moving to Italy (briefly) with friends, which was the inspiration for her warm, escapist women’s fiction novels. She is also an award-winning Irish entrepreneur and creator of the language-learning app Smigin, which has users in 175 countries. She now divides her time between Ireland and Silicon Valley.
When Niamh Kelly finds herself suddenly single, she makes the drastic and unexpected decision to leave Dublin for Italy’s Ligurian coast. Full of sun, sea and Aperol Spritz, Mangan’s debut offers the perfect summer read and a fresh take on the escapist European novel.
The Italian Escape will be published by Sphere in June 2020.