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Which Books to Take to Italy?

Not sure which guide books and novels to take on your trip? Give these a look.

Diving Books Sea Life Guide Books Fiction


Diving Guides

Sardinia Diving Guide
by Egidio Trainito, Paperback, Swan Hill Press, (1997)
Excellent photography and includes descriptions of the sea life in Sardinia. Thirty-one dive sites around the island are described.
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Sea Life

Sea Fishes and Invertebrates of the Mediterranean
by Lawson Wood, Paperback, New Holland Publishers, 128 pages, (2015)
Covers 289 species with colour photographs
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Flora and Fauna of the Mediterranean Sea
by A.C. Campbell, Paperback, Hamlyn, 320 pages, (1982)
Excellent on plants and invertebrates.
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The Mediterranean Sea
by Angelo Mojetta, Swan Hill Press, 2005, Paperback.
As well as the history and geology of the Mediterranean, and many maps showing its constituent seas, this book describes the underwater life. It also includes practical advice for divers.
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Complete Mediterranean Wildlife
by Paul Sterry, Collins, 384 pages.
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Guide Books and Maps

Sardinia
by Dana Facaaros and Michael Pauls, Paperback, Cadogan Guides, 308 pages, (2006)
Very good on Sardinian history and cuisine. Includes the normal sections on getting there, opening hours, festivals, money, etc. Small amount on where to stay or eat but plenty of information on beaches, ancient sites, churches and general site-seeing. Recommended
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The Rough Guide to Sardinia
by Robert Andrews , Paperback, Rough Guide Travel Guides, 431 pages, (2007)
Worth a look.
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Michelin Italy, Sardinia Map
Covers the entire island.
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Sicily
by Dana Facaaros and Michael Pauls, Paperback, Cadogan Guides, 352 pages, (2008)
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Blue Guide Sicily
by Ellen Grady, Paperback, Blue Guides, 544 pages, (2006)
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The Rough Guide to Sicily
by Robert Andrews, Paperback, Rough Guide Travel Guides, 431 pages, (2008)
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Fiction

Sea and Sardinia
by D H Lawrence, Paperback, Penguin, 512 pages, (1997)
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The Bandit on the Billiard Table
by Alan Ross, Paperback, The Harvill Press, 236 pages, (1989)
The account of a summer journey through Sardinia in the 1950s
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Elias Portolu
by Grazia Deledda, Paperback, Northwestern University Press, 194 pages
Grazia Deledda was born in Sardinia and set her books there.
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After the Divorce
by Grazia Deledda, Hardback, Northwestern University Press, 174 pages, (1989)
Set in a Sardinian village, a man wrongly accused of murdering his uncle suffers prison and his wife remarrying.
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Cosima
by Grazia Deledda, Paperback, Quartet Books, 150 pages
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La Madre: (The Woman and the Priest)
by Grazia Deledda, Paperback, Dedalus Ltd, 225 pages, (1987)
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The Day of Judgement
by Salvatore Satta, Paperback, The Harvill Press, 298 pages, (1994)
The story of Nuomo, a town in Sardinia which "has no reason to exist".
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Midnight in Sicily
by Peter Robb, Paperback, The Harvill Press, 336 pages, (1999)
A journey into the heart of Sicily, using art, food, history and literature to shed light on southern Italy's legacy of political corruption and violent crime. The book takes as its starting point the ongoing trial of seven-times Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti.
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In Sicily
by Norman Lewis, Paperback, Picador , 300 pages, (2001)
Throughout this book there is the Mafia, and Lewis's friendships with policemen, journalists and men of respect. But more, he writes of landscapes and language, of his memories of his first father-in-law (professional gambler, descendant of princes and member of the Unione Siciliana), of Sicily's changing sexual mores, of Palermo and its ruined palaces - and of strange superstitions, of witches, bandits and murder.
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