Eat Pray Love
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.