'Perfect summer reading in a nutshell' - Rachel Gilbey The ovens are pre-heating, the Prosecco is chilling...and The Sunshine and Biscotti Club is nearly ready to open its doors. But the guests have other things on their minds...Libby: The Blogger Life is Instagram-perfect for food blogger Libby...until she catches her husband cheating just weeks before her Italian cooking club's grand opening. Evie: The Mum Eve's marriage isn't working, but she's not dared admit it until now. A trip to Italy to help Libby open The Sunshine and Biscotti Club might be the perfect escape...Jessica: In Love with her Best Friend Jessica has thrown herself into her work to shut out the memory of the man who never loved her back. The same man who's just turned up in Tuscany...Welcome to Tuscany's newest baking school - where your biscotti is served with a side of love, laughter and ice-cold limoncello! What reviewers are saying about The Sunshine and Biscotti Club 'A warm and lovely story about friendship, cooking and the glorious Italian countryside' - For the Love of Books 'A brilliant combination of sun, sand, romantic Italy, and a characterful renovation.' - JC Cross (NetGalley) 'This was a warm, thoughtful and well written summer read that I really enjoyed.' - Kitty Hill (NetGalley)
Human clustering in coastal areas The coastal zone has gained a solid reputation as a place vocated for recreational activities and this is generally related to the presence of the sea. The relationship, however, does not appear univocal or simple: the sea can be perceived as a hostile element by humans and the more general question of whether the presence of the shore is in itself a favourable, repulsive, or irrelevant factor to settlement is a debatable point, at least for pre-industrial societies. Back in the early part of the 19th century, Friedrich Hegel regarded oceans and rivers as unifying elements rather than dividing ones, thus implying a trend towards the concentration of human settlements along them. 'The sea', he wrote, 'stimulates 1 courage and conquest, as well as profit and plunder', although he realized that this did not equally apply to all maritime peoples. In Hegel's view, different approaches to the sea were mainly the results of cultural factors and, in fact, he recognized that some people living in coastal areas perceive the sea as a dangerous and alien place and the shore as aftnis terrae.
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