Holiday reading

We have Blue Guide Literary Companions to Rome, Venice and London.

Books reviewed on these pages:

Rome
Al Dente, Madness, Beauty and the Food of Rome by acclaimed food writer David Winner.
Also David Watkin’s The Roman Forum – have archaeologists ruined it?
Whispering City: Rome and its Histories by RJB Bosworth.
Constantine: Unconquered Emperor, Christian Victor by Paul Stephenson.
Full Circle: How the Classical World Came Back to Us by Ferdinand Mount.

Nothern Italy
The Pike, Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s “biography of the extraordinary Italian poet, and—well one can hardly begin to say what else—Gabriele d’Annunzio”.

Sicily
Inspector Montalbano and the works of Andrea Camilleri.

Venice
The Politics of Washing, Real Life in Venice by Polly Coles “exploring the ‘political’ challenge of how far a newly arrived resident can pull out their underwear (and which garments) on a backstreet (backcanal?) Venetian washing line” compared to William Dean Howells’ classic, Venetian Life.
City of Fortune, How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire by Roger Crowley.
Ruskin on Venice by Robert Hewison.
Background reading recommended Blue Guide Venice author Alta Macadam: Venice »

Tuscany
The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci’s Arithmetic Revolution. Keith Devlin on Pisa’s 13th century mathematical genius.
Blue Guide Florence recommended background reading: Florence »

Italy
The Land where Lemons Grow, the Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit by Helena Atlee.

Britain
Under Another Sky, Travels in Roman Britain by Charlotte Higgins.

Greece
Patrick Leigh Fermor by Artemis Cooper.  Is the the real Patrick Leigh Fermor?

India
Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity by the author of Blue Guide India, Sam Miller.

Istanbul
Orhan Pamuk and other reading recommended by our historical consultant Charles Freeman: Istanbul »

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