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Sicily: A Literary Guide for Travellers

Our book, Sicily: A Literary Guide for Travellers, published by Tauris Parke, is now available.  It can be purchased from bookstores or online retailers such as Barnes and Noble, Waterstones or Amazon Worldwide (see the link below).  Alternatively, you can buy a copy direct from this website via PayPal, simply click the Buy Now button below (all currency conversions are handled by PayPal).

Reviews:
Tobias Jones, author of The Dark Heart of Italy, Utopian Dreams and the Castagnetti mysteries: 'It makes such a convincing case for Sicily - as much  as London, Paris or New York - to be recognised as central to any history of western literature.  I had no idea that the cast of characters who resided on,  or were inspired by, the island was so huge, or so intriguing: everything from  literary A-listers to washed up wanderers.  It was a wonderful read,  enlivened by so many anecdotes and snap-shots.'

Duncan Fallowell, The Spectator: 'Andrew and Suzanne Edwards have created a colourful switchback of quotation and commentary which repeatedly astonishes us with Sicily’s differing reservoirs of experience, so that we do find ourselves asking: is there anything Sicily has not seen and does not know?'

Clarissa Hyman, The Times Literary Supplement: 'Andrew and Suzanne Edwards's volume is more than a simple anthology or compilation. They have structured the book in the form of a circular island tour, more absorbing than dead-pan chronology. Sicily is bound to become battered and dog-eared, blotched with caponata and wine stains. One day a jasmine blossom might fall from its pages, carrying the scent of "painful intensity" so evocatively described in the novels of Dacia Maraini.'

Robin Hanbury-Tenison, Country Life: 'This is a Paddy Leigh Fermor sort of book, which relies on a constant stream of anecdotes and literary references to see places and buildings, landscapes and locals through many different eyes... Sicily has everything a traveller could desire. There are innumerable excellent guides to it, but this is the ideal travelling companion, with its unique interweaving of everything that has contributed to Sicily's profound influence on art, literature, history and philosophy.'

Giles Foden, Condé Nast Traveller: 'a wonderful text on the literary diversity of the island.'

Italia Magazine: 'More than just a guide for travellers, this is a very romantic narrative of Sicily's history. It breathes a new life into Sicily with a passion that is rare, and will take you down roads that you will beg to visit.'

Alastair Brent, The Lady: 'This guide explores the enchanting, historic island in depth and with great passion... The Edwards leave no stone unturned as they showcase their love for this pearl of the Mediterranean...'

£16.99 with free P&P


BOOK DESCRIPTION

"Without Sicily, Italy leaves no image in the soul.
Sicily is the key to everything."

Goethe, Italian Journey

Rising up from the heart of the Mediterranean, Sicily has a rich and ancient history spanning over 2,000 years. A bounty prized by invaders from the Greeks, Romans and Vandals to the Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Sicily's violently beautiful landscapes are haunted by a vibrant mix of cultures and her soil has always been fertile ground for the literary and artistic imagination. This compelling guide uncovers the island's multi-faceted personality through those literary figures who have managed to get under her skin - from Pindar, Cicero and Aeschylus to Shakespeare and Cervantes; DH Lawrence, Coleridge and Oscar Wilde to Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Ezra Pound and Lawrence Durrell; as well as local writers who have defined the modern Italian novel - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and Leonardo Sciascia. Through their words and lives we witness the beauty, pain and power of the Sicilian cultural landscape and discover how the potent mix of influences on the island's society has been preserved forever in literature.

 

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