Ros Belford

Ros Belford

Author and travel writer

Ros Belford decided that having two tiny girls, hardly any money and a broken relationship did not need to stand in the way of travel and adventure. In the early 2000s she and her girls left London for Sicily, and -- after a false start and a run-in with small-town machismo -- they found Salina, a small, lush volcanic island. Read their story in Children of the Volcano.‘Thank you, Ros Belford! This delightful memoir has brought back to me the wonder, the excitement and the challenges that come with embracing a new life in Sicily.’
Mary Taylor Simeti, author of On Persephone’s Island

Children of the Volcano book by Ros Belford

Children of the Volcano tells the story of motherhood and childhood on the Sicilian island of Salina. Izzy and Juno grow up playing on the beach, learning to swim over volcanic bubbles, hearing tales of Aeolian witches, fighting battles armed with jellyfish and watching Stromboli erupt on the horizon. But nowhere is paradise. The school is atrocious, the teachers scary, and there are power cuts, storms and an earthquake. However, an eclectic community of islanders take them to their hearts, friendships are forged and Salina becomes home. Full of humanity, vitality, honesty and optimism, Children of the Volcano is for anyone unwilling to give up dreams of adventure and excitement simply because of parenthood, lack of money and not getting things right the first time.‘Immensely enjoyable.’
Chris Stewart, author of Driving Over Lemons

Ros Belford is also the author of numerous guidebooks and articles about Italy, Sicily and the Mediterranean. You can find her work in Rough Guides, Fodor's, DK, Condé Nast Traveller, The Telegraph, The Independent and on Amazon.

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