An immersive and vividly written historical novel for anyone who loved Ferrante's Neapolitan novels or Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring.

The irresistible story of a young woman seeking freedom and happiness.

Born into poverty, the seamstress spends her days sewing in the houses of wealthy families. Her work is simple and honest; taught by her nonna, she skilfully prepares nightgowns, undergarments and children's clothes, leaving the finer work of dressmaking to the ateliers in Paris.

Her story weaves in and out of the lives of the people she works for, whose secrets and scandals she is privy to. Some are kind and generous, others blinded by their desire to climb the social ladder. She dreams of freeing herself from the hardscrabble life she has inherited but can't help being pulled back in by the love of the people around her.

Set at the dawn of the twentieth century, The Seamstress of Sardinia follows the girl as she grows into a woman, strives to educate herself and falls in love-always fighting for her independence in a world dominated by men and old social conventions.


ISBN13: 9781922330536
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 3 May 2022
Publisher: Text Publishing
Publication City, Country: Melbourne, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 2.34(H) x 1.53(L) x 0(W)
Weight (gm):

Author Biography

Bianca Pitzorno was born in Sardinia in 1942. Since 1970 she has published seventy works of fiction and non-fiction, for adults and children. Her books have sold more than two million copies in Italy and been translated into many languages. The Seamstress of Sardinia is the first of her adult works to be translated into English. Pitzorno has also translated into Italian books by J. R. R. Tolkien, Sylvia Plath, Tove Jansson and David Grossman.


'A delicate novel of women's formation and emancipation.' * Simone Mosca, la Repubblica *
'Pitzorno is an icon...[This novel] is yet another confirmation.' * Corriere del Ticino *
'Pitzorno is one of the greatest Italian writers...[This] is an extraordinary novel...Only a wise hand could draw the parallel between sewing and writing without making it trivial: Pitzorno succeeds in her most "political" book.' * la Repubblica *
'Bianca Pitzorno's unadorned storytelling brings an honest and sympathetic clarity to the story of a modest young woman living a, mostly, quiet life undermined but not totally defined by her poverty.' * Readings *
The Seamstress of Sardinia

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