About Me

For years, while I was Gar­den Edi­tor at Coun­try Liv­ing, The Sun­day Express Colour Mag­a­zine and Met­ro­pol­i­tan Home, I wrote books about cush­ions. Not just cush­ions — there were can­dles too, and other stuff. But I felt that I was not cap­i­tal­is­ing on what I do best. My spe­cial­ity is mak­ing the mis­takes that most peo­ple have the wis­dom to avoid. My con­so­la­tion is that it gives me some­thing to write about, in fact I have to write about the dis­as­ters in my life as an act of exor­cism. You can have a look at my books listed on Ama­zon here:

Books by Miranda Innes

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  1. #1 by Chilali Woods on April 19, 2009 - 11:09 am

    My gosh! This is a bril­liant blog. Luck­ily for me i’m stay­ing in Italy with my sis­ter and it has been very hot and some days warm. But just right for April.

  2. #2 by Maizie Woods on April 19, 2009 - 11:16 am

    This is a great blog. And im stay­ing in Italy with my sis­ter , Chi­lali.
    I love it here!

  3. #3 by Heide Goody on May 8, 2010 - 5:16 pm

    I loved Cin­na­mon City, but I was also recently inspired by a copy of “Rags to Rain­bows” which might be one of the “can­dles and cush­ions” era!
    I loved some of the designs so much that I have used patch­work from the book to make new cov­ers for my camper van cush­ions. Take a look at http://www.wildsewing.co.uk at the blog entry with pics to see (they are not yet in situ)

  4. #4 by scholarships for mothers on November 17, 2010 - 9:20 am

    Won­der­ful blog! I def­i­nitely love how it’s easy on my eyes and also the data are well writ­ten. I am won­der­ing how I might be noti­fied when­ever a new post has been made. I have sub­scribed to your rss feed which need to do the trick! Have a nice day!

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  5. #5 by Mike Wild on January 25, 2011 - 12:01 pm

    We have just read your book Cin­na­mon City and throughly enjoyed it. We are off to Mar­rakesh this Feb­ru­ary for a week and it gave us a won­der­ful insight to the City and what to see and how to behave. Thank you very much Mike & Gill Wild

  6. #6 by mirandainnes on January 27, 2011 - 2:38 pm

    I hope you have a won­der­ful time — I’m going back in a cou­ple of weeks to do some Yoga on the roof in the SUN. Thank you so much for your com­ment. M

  7. #7 by Graeme Kidd on July 20, 2011 - 10:22 am

    Hello! Recently rented a house near your old Finca in Viila De La Con­cep­tion and read your book “Get­ing To Manana”,so when back in Scot­land waisted no time buy­ing “Cin­na­mon City”. Is there an Ital­ian book in the pipeline? Really enjoyed your books,best regards Graeme Kidd

  8. #8 by Linda Gelens on February 2, 2012 - 9:29 pm

    Dear Miranda

    I could not believe my eyes when I was dig­ging through a box of books in local char­ity shop to find your name star­ing out from a copy of ‘Get­ting to Man­ana’. Now I realise why I havn’t seen your name in Coun­try Liv­ing. I am so incred­i­bly happy to think how well things have gone for you. Best Linda

  9. #9 by mirandainnes on February 26, 2012 - 3:46 pm

    How bril­liant to hear from you — I stopped doing this blog ages ago, but I’m about to pub­lish a cou­ple of ebooks and thought I’d bet­ter ressus­ci­tate it. And THERE YOU ARE! What are you doing now? I see all those Guatemalan pix reg­u­larly on my com­puter, and mar­vel that I was so wild, so daft and thanks to you had such fun. I now live in Italy — maybe not for long, as Dan has had a grand­son and wants to go home to teach him how to play the a rat­tle and bells.

  10. #10 by Janet Fisher on March 19, 2012 - 11:21 am

    Hello Miranda,
    I have almost fin­ished read­ing your book ‘Get­ting to Mañana’ and as we live in Ante­quera, am find­ing it very inter­est­ing and amus­ing. I see that you now live in Italy, do you still own ‘Casa Miranda’? or have you man­aged to sell it in this dif­fi­cult eco­nomic cli­mate? I would love to hear from you.
    With kind regards
    Janet Fisher

  11. #11 by mirandainnes on March 19, 2012 - 2:21 pm

    Dear Linda — tell me how you are and what you are doing. I think of you often, espe­cially when I’m about to do some­thing insane like climb to the top of a Guatemalan tower and then get ver­tigo. Well, that par­tic­u­lar thing doesn’t hap­pen very often, but sim­i­lar, and a lit­tle warn­ing voice asks ‘how will you get out of it, when it goes pear-shaped?’ Talk to me, I’d love to know what gal­li­vant­ing thing you are up to. Love M

  12. #12 by mirandainnes on March 19, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    How shock­ing — didn’t I reply? I am sorry. Yes, I’m about to put my Ital­ian book ‘Spaghetti Romance’ onto Kin­dle. I do miss Spain, that coun­try­side was so beau­ti­ful. But, come to think of it, Italy is pretty splen­did and the food is bet­ter. Any­way, I hope you get this, after all thhis time — I tend to look at my blog very infre­quently. Apolo­gies. Miranda

  13. #13 by mirandainnes on March 19, 2012 - 2:33 pm

    Dear Janet
    We did sell, in fact dis­cov­ered its real name was the Span­ish for Morn­ing Star which is infi­nitely more roman­tic — we’d prob­a­bly have kept it, had I known. We sold it to a lovely fam­ily — about seven years ago. You will be able to read all about it, as I’m just pluck­ing up courage to put the Ital­ian story onto Kin­dle, but tech­nol­ogy ter­ri­fies me and I’m sure it’ll be a dis­as­ter. I’m run­ning out of dis­place­ment activ­i­ties, bet­ter go and prune the olives. If it ever makes it, it’ll be called ‘Spaghetti Romance’. Ante­quera is so pretty. Dan did a won­der­ful paint­ing of the town show­ing that curi­ous moun­tain like a pro­file behind it. Best wishes to you, Miranda

  14. #14 by mirandainnes on March 19, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    Dear Mike and Gill. Apolo­gies, I very rarely come here, and just got a dig in the ribs from my boy Leo about it. I hope you had a great time in Mar­rakech. We’re finally sell­ing the riad I think — res­cu­ing my other son from a hermit’s life. He’s been man­ag­ing it for over a year and needs to get back to his Lon­don mates and his paint­ing life. Mind you, the lack of pubs in Mar­rakech has made him get on with his paint­ing. Best wishes, Miranda

  15. #15 by mirandainnes on August 24, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    Dear Linda — please tell me what you are doing and where you are liv­ing. I keep com­ing across pix from those trips we took. Fab. Also mad. That com­pet­i­tive crazi­ness that made me climb that cloud-scraping zig­gu­rat in Guatemala, where I though I was going to have to spend the rest of my life. And the small, drunken hus­band who chased us with a knife for pho­tograph­ing his wife har­vest­ing. Do write. Love M

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