M. D. Ripley

"Mike Ripley"
(REAL NAME)
Mike Ripley - writer and archaeologist.
Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,291
Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (274 of 292)
Location: England

 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,291 - Total Helpful Votes: 274 of 292
Florence Pocket Guide, 3rd (Thomas Cook Pocket Gui&hellip by Thomas Cook Publishing
A useful enough basic guide to Florence, though one third is devoted to other places such as Pisa and Siena and the maps are small
and sectionalised over various districts which could be confusing for the first-time visitor. Giovanni Casetta's Guidebook (in English) published by Becocci Editore is far superior.
Florence: A Portrait by Michael Levey
Florence: A Portrait by Michael Levey
Far too heavy to be used as a guide book but absolutely invaluable as a background briefing for any visitor to Florence. With copious illustrations this is the best one-volume (admittedly, a pretty big volume!) telling you what to see, why you should see it and how it got there in the birthplace and jewel of the Renaissance. Florence is a place you could live in for a lifetime and still not see everything but I suspect that Sir Michael Levey's lovingly exhaustive portrait of this fantastic city, rightly a World Heritage Site, doesn't miss much.
Barbouze by Alan Williams
Barbouze by Alan Williams
All the trade-mark characteristics of an Alan Williams adventure thriller coalesce in Barbouze, his early masterpiece first published in 1962. There's a footloose, dissolute and cynical hero - usually a journalist - who begins as the innocent Englishman abroad and rapidly finds himself embroiled in foreign conflicts, often being duped along the way by a femme fatale or a double-crossing criminal mastermind. In Barbouze the innocent abroad is Fleet Street lobby correspondent Neil Ingleby who soon finds himself well out of his depth when the action moves from Greece to war-torn Algeria attempting to throw off French colonial rule. There are gunfights, car chases, drunken foreign… Read more

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