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Sicily - John Julius Norwich

Sicily - John Julius Norwich

Title: Sicily

Author:  John Julius Norwich

ISBN:  9781848548954

Weight:  881g

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Sicily: A Short History from the Ancient Greeks to Cosa Nostra

‘Sicily is the key to everything’ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The stepping-stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, at once a stronghold, clearing-house and observation-post, Sicily has been invaded and fought over by Phoenicians and Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans, Goths and Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Germans, Spaniards and the French for thousands of years.

Inspired to become an author by his first visit to the island in 1961, John Julius Norwich’s vivid history of the Mediterranean’s largest island covers everything from erupting volcanoes to the assassination of Byzantine emperors, from Nelson’s affair with Emma Hamilton to Garibaldi and the rise of the mafia.  Full of fascinating stories and unforgettable characters, Sicily is the book he was born to write.

A colourful and lavishly illustrated history (fifty years in the making) of the Mediterranean’s largest and most turbulent island from much-loved historian John Julius Norwich

Peer & Press Reviews

The most amiable and freewheeling of guides, Norwich will always find room for the amusing anecdote…  Written Sicilian history dates back 2,500 years, so compressing it into one book means a swift and exhilarating gallop…  Norwich renders it entertaining on every page.

Sunday Times

Norwich tells the long, sad but fascinating story with sympathy and brio.

Literary Review

Norwich is an authoritative historian, but his writing is charmingly personal…  Sicily’s political history is full of so much turbulence it’s sometimes hard to keep track of the battles, murders and successions, but Norwich sketches personalities vividly…  Norwich calls this book his ‘valediction’ to Sicily: he does the island and the reader a generous service in providing such an amiable introduction.

Francesca Wade, The Telegraph

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Sicily
Sub title: A Short History from the Ancient Greeks to Cosa Nostra
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition features:

This book has one section of colour and one section of black & white photographs / images.  These depict people, events and objects that are relevant to Sicilian history.

The main body of the book is 330 pages.  The front matter is an additional 18 pages and includes the Contents, Preface, Map and Introduction.  While the back matter is a further 30 pages and includes the Epilogue, Acknowledgements, Illustration Credits, Bibliography and Index.

Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: John Murray (Publishers)
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781848548954
ISBN 10: 1848548958
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 330 [main body]
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 163 x 36mm
Design Credits
Author photo: Camilla Panufnik
Jacket images: Antiquarian Images / Mary Evans Picture Library (front) | De Agostini Picture Library / L. Romano / Bridgeman Images (back) | Hervé Champollion / akg-images (front flap)
Map: Rodney Paull

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