The Midsummer Garden by Kirsty Manning

by Friday, August 25, 2017

Journeys to Come is a podcast about travel hosted by Australia’s Queen of Travel Catriona Rowntree. Each week we share memories from recent trips and talk about upcoming adventures.

In this podcast special, Catriona talks with Australian author Kirsty Manning about her new book, The Midsummer Garden, and their shared love of travel.

Kirsty talks about her favourite French bookstore; locations in France and Australia that have found their way into the book, including a Tuscan vineyard and a cafe in Paris (for a cheeky rose); and gives us an insight into her next book which will also be inspired by travel!

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Kirsty talks about travel as a right of passage

Having visited France and Italy with her husband, who owns the iconic Prince Wine Store in Melbourne and Sydney, Kirsty drew on memories from past travels to create the rich backdrop for her first book The Midsummer Garden.

Kirsty also talked about what inspired her passion for travel and told Catriona that growing up the middle of the country, she had a “yearning to see the world” and her “world was her books … that’s how I discovered the world”.

Now living in Mount Macedon, she also shares some places to stay and eat in the area. And she talks about her other favourite Australian location, Tasmania, saying with the beautiful new wine store, Etties, says “you don’t need to go to Tuscany, you can just go to Hobart”!

This episode was recorded on location at Bellota Wine Bar in South Melbourne.

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