• "All Italy is here, its history, its character, its flaws"

    Sunday Times
  • "A treat equivalent to a ride on the Orient Express"

    Wall Street Journal
  • "Like the best train journeys, you don’t want it to end"

    New Statesman
  • "A very funny hosanna to Italian railroad locomotion in all its rackety glory"

    Evening Standard, Books of the Year
  • "Parks has the keenest of eyes for the telling of amusing detail ... He remains the best interpreter of Italian ways in Italy"

    Sunday Herald