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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love

Biography / Autobiography   Travel   
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When Elizabeth Gilbert comes to a realisation that her mariage is over and her life has strayed from the one she wants, she sets off across the world to get back the happiness she lost. Managing to be both touching and hilariously funny in parts, Eat, Pray, Love is an inspiring personal journey and an enlightening travelogue.

If you like Elizabeth Gilbert you might also like to read books by Deborah Moggach, Mary Lawson and Barbara Kingsolver.


Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Itâs three am. Elizabeth Gilbert, a thirty-something writer, is sobbing on the bathroom floor. Her husband, whom she is contemplating leaving, is sleeping next door. Her misery drives her to do something she has never done before: pray. “Hello God. How are you? Iâm Liz. Itâs nice to meet you.”. A voice responds.“Go back to bed, Liz.” It is more conversation than conversion.

A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair are to follow, but also a new kind of freedom. And it leads to Lizâs year-long journey to find happiness and balance in her life. Firstly she spends four months in Rome, where she learns Italian from identically handsome twins, refrains from romantic involvement (despite the twins) and gains twenty-five pounds. Then four months in an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up at 3am to scrub the temple floor and she manages to lay some ghosts to rest. Finally to Bali, where a toothless medicine man offers her a new path to achieve peace — simply to sit still and smile. It is here that happiness begins slowly to creep up on her.

Eat, Pray Love is a journey around the world, a quest for spiritual enlightenment and a story for anyone who has battled with divorce, depression and heartbreak. Written with tremendous wit, intelligence and sympathy, it is a must-read.


'A writer of incandescent talent'
Annie Proulx

'It's a good read. I can't get away from it'
Britney Spears, Glamour

'If a more likable writer than Gilbert is currently in print, I haven't found him or her ... Gilbert's prose is fuelled by a mix of intelligence, wit and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible'
New York Times

'A witty, honest account of loss and new beginnings, this will be enjoyed by anyone who's realised having it all isn't all it's cracked up to be'
Easy Living

About the Author

Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a short story collection, Pilgrims (a finalist for the PEN/Hemmingway Award), a novel, Stern Men and a book of non fiction, The Last American Man (nominated for the National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book for 2002). She is a writer-at-large for American GQ where she has received two National Magazine Award nominations for feature writing.

Elizabeth Gilbert currently lives in Philadelphia.

Photograph © Marion Ettlinger

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3rd April 2006


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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc


384 pages


Biography / Autobiography

Autobiography: general
Travel writing



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