In the Summer of 2013 I was introduced to the author Erica James and quickly became an avid reader of her work. She divides her time between Oxford and Lake Como and this clearly impacts some of her work. I especially enjoy reading her stories where Lake Como is used as a setting and where I can picture very clearly the events taking place. It’s just like watching a movie in my head! ‘Summer at the Lake’ and ‘Gardens of Delight’ would both make great reads as you prepare for a trip to Lake Como. They will really get you into the right frame of mind to enjoy your visit. However, I would suggest a re-read while there, or upon your return. That way you can benefit from feeling that you know the locations, the smells, the images…..Bliss!
I would also recommend the book, and or the movie, ‘A Month at the Lake’ (H. E. Bates). It is set in pre-WWII Lake Como with all the elegance of that period in history – as well as outstanding acting, if you choose to watch the movie.
‘As Max Saw It’ by Louis Begley is an interesting and beautifully-written book set in Lake Como in the 1970s. Certainly worth a read – not of the “chick lit” genre as the previously mentioned titles.
Other books about Lake Como that may be of interest:
‘Gardens of Italy’ by Ann Laras
‘The Man Who Kept His Money in a Box’ by Anthony Trollope
‘The Charterhouse of Parma’ by Stendhal
‘The DaVinci Deception’ by Thomas Swan
‘Nero Corleone: A Cat’s Story’ by Elke Heidenreich
‘George Clooney’ by Jeff Hudson
‘The Biography of George Clooney’ by Andy Dougan
‘The Devil in Music’ by Kate Ross
‘Treasure’ by A. E. Hotchner
‘Villa D’Este Cookbook’ by Jean Govoni Salvadore
‘Eyewitness Travel Guide: Milan & The Lakes’ by Monica Torri
‘Michelin In Your Pocket Italy – Lake District’ by John Fowler
‘Lombardy: The Italian Lakes’ by John Fowler
‘Lombardy Milan & the Italian Lakes’ (2nd ed) by Dana Facaros
‘Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe’ by Bill Bryson