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Journeys to the Underworld Paperback – 5 Nov 1992

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I am the author of more than twenty books of prose and poetry. I live in Spain with my husband, the chess grandmaster James Plaskett, our son Alexander and eight adopted feral cats. My last publication was Selected Poems from Salt. Most of my older titles are now available for Kindle.I am currently trying to sell a large new poetry collection including ten years work. I have a pamphlet coming out from Rack Press in 2015. I am also writing two prose works about life in Spain. I live in Cartagena where my hobbies include mountain walking, snorkelling and rock collecting. I am looking for an agent to represent me. I was with Giles Gordon for years but he died.

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A rare combination of humour and erudition, a must read 4 Aug. 1999
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Fiona Pitt-Kethley has a rare talent for bringing the ruins of antiquity to life, allowing us to see them in a completely new light. Moreover, she is endowed with a superior sense of humour, that includes the most difficult one to achieve, self-addressed humour. Someone might be turned off by her declared interest in casual sex (and probably many people cannot yet accept a woman speaking in such terms), but her adventures are always painted with light and humorous brush strokes. And everybody that has been in the scene, knows that, before you meet a prince, you must kiss many frogs. I have greatly appreciated both her descriptions of antiquities, the classical world and of the few things that are known about the Sibyls, as well as her descriptions of many typical italian males (which, being italian myself, I can certify are very much to the point). A highly recommended book, provided you can read between the lines
This is a brilliant book. It's witty 11 Aug. 2014
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This is a brilliant book. It's witty, observant and brave. It's the kind of travel book I'd love to find more often. I read it while I was first travelling around Europe and it came to form a part of the trip itself, even influencing a couple of places my partner and I went to. I plan to read more of this excellent writer's work.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Pitt-Kethley has a rare talent for making sex tedious. 24 May 1999
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Fiona Pitt-Kethley paints herself as a modern-day, feminist Don Juan, making a carnal tour of Italy's antiquities in the company of beautiful young boy-toys. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Sleazebags take her on trips miles out of her way to places she never wanted to go, "force" her to eat repulsive feasts she never wanted to touch, paw and claw and maul her, demand sex, beg sex, wheedle for sex in return for their attentions. Sometimes she gives in, and the two times she enjoyed herself, she discreetly draws a veil over the scene; the rest of the time, we get accounts of hideous sex in nauseous detail. Never once does she try to speak up for herself or object to what the man is doing unless he's actually trying to rape her. After a while, the accounts of lecherous guides and macho men run into one another, until the book turns into a dreary grey litany of all the ways men can harass women who are too polite to say, "Stop."
Supposedly there's some useful information in here about Classical antiquities, but Pitt-Kethley doesn't consider herself prepared to see the sights until she's picked up a new guide. By the time she reaches anything interesting, she's usually too busy trying to pry his hands off her to notice anything worthwhile. A definite must-miss.
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