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- Color of my iris:
- Enormous hazel green eyes
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Mount Etna, the largest and most active volcano in Europe, has been spewing ash and lava in a series of dramatic eruptions. A rain of volcanic ash has fallen on the nearby villages of Giarre, Fornazzo and Catania in Sicily, Italy. Locals have had to grab their brooms and sweep layers of volcanic ash from their streets, houses and cars. The gigantic eruptions have been carrying on for over a week with plumes of smoke reaching 10km into the sky.
Elissa Panarello perches on a sofa, her cigarette waving through the air. Her first book is a huge success, and it is from a genre that she herself has dreamt up.
Most of what I'd read before I wrote it were fairy tales, and the style is pornographic rather than erotic. The tiny year-old has come from nowhere, or more precisely a middle-class childhood — her parents run a clothes store — in the small, conservative coastal town of Aci Castello in the shadow of Mount Etna, to sellcopies of her first book, One Hundred Strokes of the Brush before Bed, in.
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Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your access to the most informative and considered journalism in the UK. Menu Close. Log in Subscribe. Sex and the Sicilian girl It is the latest literary diary to become an international bestseller.
But, with its graphic descriptions of copulation and depravity, it makes Lolita read like Anne of Green Gables. And the book's author is a teenage girl who says it's not fiction. Report by John Follain.
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