Jenny Old and Marisa Parker

Wednesday 31 October 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Register until 31 October 2018 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6:30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.

Join authors Jenny Old and Marisa Parker as they share their true family stories.

Jenny Old's Back of Beyond, published by Allen & Unwin, is her own story of a young, female pioneer, conquering the Outback. It is a story about bush people and their generosity, filled with wonderful characters. Most of all, it is the story of a woman's love for her man and the adventure it took her on.

Marisa Parker's Goodbye to Italia (2016) and Ciao! We're in Africa (2018) recount the emotional experiences of her Italian parents, Maria and Eugenio Piergiovanni. The first book is an award-winning story of their survival and coming-of-age through World War II, and African Prisoner of War camps. Ciao! We're in Africa is based on true events. Through the writing skills of her author daughter, Maria-Iucci’s story is narrated as a memory, as if living in the moment. Coinciding historical event timelines have been carefully researched and evocative photographs included. 

I was born Maria Martore in 1934. But I have been renamed Iucci by my husband Eugenio Piergiovanni. He is thirteen years my senior, is fluent in three languages and is a charismatic businessman. We have left Italy and the only family I have ever known, to go to Africa seeking adventures and fortune. I keep thinking - Is Africa really going to be that welcoming? Is my husband's dream of selling Italian Haute Couture to expatriates ridiculous?

In December 1955, we settle in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia and open our Italian fashion shop. Our success is promoted by the fashion editor of The Rhodesian Herald, as we design clothes for the first entrant of the “Miss World” competition from Rhodesia and Nyasaland.