‘All Italy is here’ Sunday Times
From the bestselling author of Italian Neighbours, An Italian Education and A Season with Verona
Longlisted for the Dolman Travel Book Award
In 1981 Tim Parks moved from England to Italy and spent the next thirty years alongside hundreds of thousands of Italians on his adopted country’s vast, various and ever-changing networks of trains.
Through memorable encounters with ordinary Italians – conductors and ticket collectors, priests and prostitutes, scholars and lovers, gypsies and immigrants – Tim Parks captures what makes Italian life distinctive. He explores how trains helped build Italy and how the railways reflect Italians’ sense of themselves from Garibaldi to Mussolini to Berlusconi and beyond.
All Italy is here, its history, its character, its flaws
A treat equivalent to a ride on the Orient Express
Like the best train journeys, you don’t want it to end
A very funny hosanna to Italian railroad locomotion in all its rackety glory
Parks has the keenest of eyes for the telling of amusing detail ... He remains the best interpreter of Italian ways in Italy