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Italian Neighbours

An Englishman in Verona

By Tim Parks

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Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 April 2001
This is a clever, entertaining book, rare in travel literature, it is charged with a sense of purpose.

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'I recommend his book to all those who are fed up with accounts of roughing it agreeably in Tuscany and similar junk that scarcely scratches the surface of the real Italy' - Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks moved permanently to Italy in 1980. Author of novels, non-fiction and essays, he has won the Somerset Maugham, Betty Trask and Llewellyn Rhys awards, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.His works include Destiny, Europa, Dreams of Rivers and Seas and the 'Italian series'- Italian Neighbours, An Italian Education and A Season with Verona.

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"A clever, entertaining book...charged with a sense of purpose" * Sunday Times * "Gradually he comes to accept what the locals take for granted: everybody likes the Pope, racism thrives, the barber is a faith healer, the bank manager asks what interest rate you want to pay and the devoted church-going pharmacist upholds Catholicism on a Sunday but shows commercial flair the rest of the week by selling cut-price condoms... A rich treat from start to finish" * Sunday Express * "Tough, funny and sceptical" * Tatler *

EAN: 9780099286950
ISBN: 0099286955
Publisher: Vintage
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.1 centimetres (0.17 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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In this deliciously seductive account of an Italian neighborhood with a statue of the Virgin at one end of the street, a derelict bottle factory at the other, and a wealth of exotic flora and fauna in between, acclaimed novelist Tim Parks celebrates ten years of living with his wife, Rita, in Verona, Italy. More than a travel book, Italian Neighbors is a sparkling, witty, beautifully observed tale of how the most curious people and places gradually assume the familiarity of home. Fantastic insight a must read! ;-)

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