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.
Niamh Kelly has made a right pig’s ear of her life thus far. She’s thirty three, still living at home thanks to her mediocre job, which she can’t bring herself to go back to following a failed relationship with a colleague. When her sister invites her to tag along on a work trip to Italy’s Ligurian coast, impulsive Niamh jumps at the chance to leave Dublin, and discovers a world of wine, opportunity and friendship.
Having fallen in love with the town of Camogli, she decides to stay and open a coffee shop (hurrah), even though she has no idea what she’s doing (oops). After a sudden family tragedy and a tricky tourist season threaten her new business, Niamh comes close to throwing in the towel. But with help from her new-found community, can she make her new life a success?
The Italian Escape will be published by Sphere in April 2021.