Beached In Calabria

Beached In Calabria

Ian Ross finds to his dismay that he is only left a pittance by his dead mother and it’s not going to make the difference to the lives of his huge family. So he wrings his hands and decides to set out and find a holiday home they could at least all benefit from.

And so his quest begins. As luck or destiny - or who knows what - would have it he stumbles on the perfect beach on a crystal-clear bay in the deeply southern province of Reggio Calabria, an area he is soon advised is ‘Bandit Country’.

Just how wrong can things go in southern Italy for an English fish-out-of-water, out of his depth in a whirlpool of incomprehensible rules and regulations, family systems, conflicting advice and linguistic conundrums?

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28 May 2019
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About the author

  • Ian Ross

    Ian Ross was born in Chelsea in 1943.  Aged sixteen he first went to Los Angeles, saw an automatic car wash and opened one in Richmond, Britain’s first. In 1963 aged nineteen he co-founded Pirate Station Radio Caroline, briefly co-managed The Animals, and met his future wife Bunty Lampson. He moved his family to Los Angeles in 1979 and opened Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace in Hollywood. The place caused a sensation and was closed by the authorities after three years whereupon Ian became a butler in Beverly Hills. In 1988 he returned to England and wrote two books about his adventures, Rocking the Boat and Beverly Hills Butler, both published by Heinemann.

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