Heel To Toe Hardcover – 30 May 2002
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'Funny, peevish, heretical... this book has the toughness of a classic survivor.' Jonathan Keates, Observer 'Between Two Seas is the next best thing to going and finding out for yourself. And when you go take this book with you.' Scotland on Sunday 'Lister is propulsively rude, violently English, misanthropic and bitterly articulate.' Sunday Times
A completely original, abrasive, learned account of a journey through the extraordinary, forgotten land at the foot of Italy - from Brindisi to Reggio at the very foot of the country.See all Product Description
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I would say that the author gives a lovely account of this part of Italy in a unique and mischievous voice. It might not be to the taste of everyone but the author knows his stuff and makes reference to the above authors in the text. Indeed the book compares well to the Douglas book as he too was a character. In some senses this book is even better than Douglas because we get a sense of place and people. Too often in "Old Calabria" is the reader forced to endure long dissertations (often taking up whole chapters) on something obscure that interests the author. In this respect the book is similar to Gissing (although that last author is much more earnest than) Mr Lister.
In summary then I would say that this is a worthy addition to the modern Italian travel literature with a little bit of humour thrown in. After all Italians are a humorous and lovely people in the main and any writer who fails to capture that in my opinion is not worth his salt.