My Italian Bulldozer is a cheerful and charming story by Alexander McCall Smith which came as light relief after my struggles with heavier books recently.
The story follows a Scottish food and wine writer, Paul, who is unhappy after being dumped by his girlfriend for her personal trainer. His editor sensibly sends him to Italy to finish writing his latest book, Paul Stuart’s Tuscan Table.
After being jailed for car theft in Pisa after an incident with a bodgy car-rental business, the only vehicle Paul is able to hire is a bulldozer. Obviously he takes the bulldozer (!) and drives it through the countryside to a village called Montalcino where he is staying for the next few weeks.
While in Montalcino, Paul learns the stories of local rivalries, falls in love with a fellow American tourist, is visited by his ex-girlfriend who wants to make her personal trainer jealous, and eats all sorts of delicious foods and drinks local wines. Along the way Paul works out that life goes on after a heartbreak.
My Italian Bulldozer is a quick, happy read, much as you would expect from this author.