This is the brave and somehow exhilarating story of a divorced 50-something woman restarting life in a walk-up flat in a grungy neighbourhood in London. She writes in her journal, joins a health club and finds power in friendships both old and new. Her wonderful, intelligent, witty and sometimes grumpy personality blooms. On receiving an unexpected inheritance, she takes her mixed bag of friends on a tour of Tunisia and southern Italy, to retrace the footsteps of Virgil's story. The ending is a bit confusing, but the story is not clich├ęd and the writing is proof that some writers get better with age.

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