Loved Rosanna Ley’s previous books, read for our bookgroup so look forward to this one and I am sure it will tempt us to visit Sardinia.
Here are a few more photos from my recent trip to Sardinia, #OnLiteraryLocation in the footsteps of author Rosanna Ley and the characters in The Little Theatre by the Sea, the first choice for the Silver Travel Book Club.
1. A beach similar to the hidden one Alessandro takes Faye, south from Deriu (Bosa)
2. Spaghetti con bottarga – mullet roe – a traditional Sardinian dish from the west coast area, as described by Faye
3. Tharros, an ancient Punic settlement on the Sinis peninsula, visited by Faye and her father
4. A typical old mining town, similar to the one Faye passes by with Alessandro en route to the hidden beach
@Barrowman, I can definitely recommend Runglee cottage where we stayed, just outside Swinton and a few miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed: https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/review/accommodation/173762-review-runglee-cottage.
Those pictures look wonderful. I think I shall have to add Sardinia to the list…
Thanks for the update and pics
I’ve just got back from a fascinating trip to the wild and still relatively untamed west coast of Sardinia. And it is very easy to understand why author Rosanna Ley based her latest novel – The Little Theatre by the Sea – here, transforming the beautiful town of Bosa into her fictional Deriu, home to her Little Theatre.
Its labyrinthine cobbled streets and crumbling pastel-coloured houses in the “centro storico”, the converted houses down by the river Temo, and the nearby beach and marina form the backdrop in which this intriguing romantic mystery unfolds.
Look out for a longer feature on the experience of being #OnLiteraryLocation in Sardinia, speaking to Rosanna before the trip (see a separate post in this thread for a fun Q&A session with her) and trying to stalk her characters and locations, and untangle her blurring of fact and fiction.
Huge thanks to Rosanna for entering into the spirit of this literary cat-and-mouse adventure, and to TripFiction for procuring the book to give to Silver Travel Book Club winners. And also grazie mille to Silver Travel partner Sardatur Holidays and Is Benas Country Lodge, without whom my trip would not have been possible.
Andrew for the Silver Travel Book Club
Still #OnLiteraryLocation in Sardinia, stalking characters & places from Rosanna Ley’s novel The Little Theatre by the Sea.
“Casa Deriu is also worth visiting because although it does not feature in the book, I took the name for the town and you will see why when you visit this charming museum.”
Indeed, Rosanna. I loved Casa Deriu, a traditional townhouse in the cobble-streeted heart of Bosa’s centro storico.
On the 1st floor is an exhibition of the traditional local technique of “filet” lace weaving, borrowing from the same method used by fishermen from Bosa Marina to mend their nets.
The 2nd floor provides an opportunity to see how a wealthy Bosa family lived in the 17th century, when leather tanning and other industries thrived in the area. In the bedroom is an iron bed, crafted in Liguria. Original hat boxes and coat hangers remain in the dressing room. And a Mozart piano sits on a burnished olive and cherry wood floor in the living room.
Upstairs another floor is a permanent exhibition of works from artist and ceramicist Melkiorre Melis. From Bosa, he was one of the most important Italian artists of the Fascist era in the 1930s. Some of his most joyful paintings portray traditional Bosa life, including fishermen spearing huge tuna fish, and the local “carnevale”.
Bravo, Rosanna. Bravo, Bosa & Deriu.
I’ve just enjoyed a splendid day #OnLiteraryLocation in Sardinia, following in the footsteps of author Rosanna Ley and her characters and places in Little Theatre.
Bosa, on the island’s rugged west coast, became fictional Deriu, home of the eponymous theatre that main character Faye is tasked with restoring. I saw the pastel coloured houses on the river, where Faye’s friend Charlotte lives; the old bridge where Faye has a few romantic moments with Alessandro Rinaldi; the narrow, cobbled streets of the “centro storico”, leading ever upwards to the ancient castle dominating the town; and the marina, where Alessandro works in a boatyard.
Further north, via some spectacular coastal roads and landscapes, I visited Alghero, a fortified Catalan town jutting out into the ocean. Its impeccably restored Teatro Civico was a small part of Rosanna’s inspiration for the crumbling old theatre in Bosa/Deriu.
Photos to follow very soon…..!
Just off to Sardinia, on literary location, stalking author Rosanna Ley’s characters and places from her latest novel The Little Theatre by the Sea.
As you can see from Rosanna’s insightful answers to my questions earlier in this thread, she has cleverly blurred reality with imagination in her book.
Travel with me to explore beautiful Bosa, in the province of Oristano on the unspoiled west coast of Sardinia. This interesting town became fictional Deriu, home to her eponymous theatre. And whilst there is no theatre in Bosa, her inspiration came from other buildings and locations in the area.
Rosanna’s main character Faye, a newly qualified interior designer tasked with restoring the old theatre, explores other fascinating places on the island and meets some interesting local characters as the plot develops…..
Thanks to Silver Travel Advisor partner Sardatur Holidays and Is Benas Country Lodge for making this literary adventure possible.
Follow me stalking Rosanna’s characters on this Forum thread, and also on Silver Travel Advisors social media platforms.