Eat Pray Love

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El­iz­a­beth Gil­bert (2006)

There’s no bet­ter time to im­merse yourself in the in­dul­gence that is the mem­oir of nov­el­ist and jour­nal­ist Gil­bert. Aged 34 (at the time she wrote the book) Gil­bert had ev­ery­thing: ca­reer, suc­cess, a mar­riage and a big sub­ur­ban house in New York. But re­al­i­sa­tion that her cushy life didn’t bring true hap­pi­ness swoops in and sees the au­thor leave it all be­hind to jet off on a jour­ney of heal­ing and dis­cov­ery through food in Italy, spir­i­tu­al­ism in In­dia and even­tu­ally love in Bali.

The trans­for­ma­tive pow­ers of travel de­scribed in scenic de­tail and the au­thor’s hu­mor­ous style – sim­i­lar to hav­ing a cosy chat – are the rea­sons why mil­lions of women (in­clud­ing Oprah) adore Gil­bert’s Eat Pray

Love. And not many women can say Ju­lia Roberts has played them in a Hol­ly­wood movie.

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