When my husband and I were planning our dream sojourn to Italy, back at the beginning of the century Tim Parks was one of the authors that we read as part of our research. Italian Neighbours and Italian Education in particular, both of which are a must for Italophiles, although they may now be a little dated in some aspects. I had not realised until I picked Italian Ways up recently in the local library that this is his his first Italian travelogue in a decade.
An amusing and fascinating portrait of Italy by riding its trains from Verona to Milan, Rome to Palermo, and right down to the heel of Italy and Sicily. With thirty years experience of travelling of on Italian railways he has plenty to reveal in this latest book. Through encounters on the trains with Conductors and Ticket Collectors, Priests and Prostitutes, Gipsies and Immigrants, Scholars and Lovers he captures so well the distinctive moods of Italy and Italians, much of which I was able to relate to.
In conclusion Italian Ways is a mix of Memoir, Travel and Train History that should appeal to many Italophiles.