Amazon reader’s review: “Eric Newby is a serious travel essayist for serious travelers. A consummate pro. On The Shores Of The Mediterranean, originally published in 1984, is his chronicle of a resolute journey around the circumference of the Mediterranean, an arduous tour of ancient cities, ruins and near ruins that would have surely daunted a lesser man. Beginning at his home in Tuscany, he shepherds the reader along to Naples, Venice, Montenegro, Albania, Mt. Olympus (in Greece), Istanbul, Turkey’s Mediterranean shore (the Troad), Jerusalem, the Pyramids, Tobruk (in Libya), Tunisia, Fez (in Morocco), Gibraltar, Seville (in Spain), and Nice (on the Côte d’ Azur). After 484 pages (in paperback) of relatively small print, I collapsed exhausted. Newby has an exceptional eye for detail and history, which can provide either joy or torment to the armchair traveler.”
Amazon reader’s review: “I’ve read: Under the Tuscan Sun, Extra Virgin …, An Italian Affair, In Maremma: Life and a House in Southern Tuscany, Italian Neighbors and I’m on my way to start reading Pasquale’s Nose: Idle Days in an Italian Town. I started reading these types of books when I got lonely for Italy after visiting in November of 2001. I just finished A Small Place in Italy. Each of these books have something special in it that I enjoyed reading about. I really enjoyed reading about the person Attilio. Attilio came with the house when they purchased this house in Italy — he had his own secret room. I enjoyed reading about how they hired their local tradesmen to renovate and repair this house. I hope I never run out of these types of books to read. I do plan to return to visit Italy, it would be a joy to visit some of these small towns.”
When Italy made peace in the summer of ’43, 50,000 Allied POWs, Eric Newby among them, walked away from their prison camps. But Italy was occupied by the Germans, and the camps were behind those lines. Newby went to the mountains where, with the help of locals, he evaded the retreating enemy.
Italian peasants sheltered him for more than three months. In this classic memoir of WW II, Newby recalls these selfless people, their unchanging lifestyle, the funny, bizarre and dangerous incidents, his hopes of the local girl who later became his wife. “An exciting story, superbly told.” (Punch)