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Mediterranean Island Hopping

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

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After the Divorce

After the Divorce

by Grazia Deledda | Susan Ashe

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 174 PAGES

This powerful and tragic tale of murder and infidelity is set, like many of the Nobel Prize winning author's novels, on her native Sardinia. First published in 1902. (ITL196, $17.00)

Eyewitness Guide Sardinia

Eyewitness Guide Sardinia

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to the island of Sardinia, featuring color photography, dozens of excellent maps and a synopsis of the island's attractions. (ITL183, $20.00)

Corsica Adventure Map

Corsica Adventure Map

by National Geographic

  • 2012
  • MAP

A detailed, double-sided map of the island at a scale of 1:150,000, printed on sturdy waterproof and tear-resistant paper. (MED57, $11.95)

Sardinia Map

Sardinia Map

by Touring Club Italiano

  • MAP

A colorful map of the island of Sardinia, at a scale of 1:200,000. (ITL259, $13.95)

 

Lonely Planet Sardinia


by Duncan Garwood

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This practical guide to Sardinia features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature, and plenty of information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. With color photographs and excellent travel information. (ITA31, $20.99)

Rough Guide Corsica


by David Abram

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

This compact guide includes an excellent historical and cultural overview of Corsica, with region-by-region descriptions and an insider's sense of local life. (MED31, $19.99)

La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind


by Beppe Severgnini

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses their never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. Severgnini opens the book with a snapshot of the hubbub at Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia. (ITL718, $15.00)

The Ancient Mariners, Seafarers and Sea Fighters of the Mediterranean in Ancient Times

The Ancient Mariners, Seafarers and Sea Fighters of the Mediterranean in Ancient Times


by Lionel Casson

  • HISTORY
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 246 PAGES

The classic history of seafaring in the Mediterranean. (OCE51, $30.95)

The Ancient Mediterranean

The Ancient Mediterranean


by Michael Grant

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 374 PAGES

Grant, a well-known classical scholar, provides this comprehensive history of the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean, including Egypt, Israel, Crete, Greece, the Roman states and many others. A very well-researched account of Western history's roots. (MED10, $20.00)

D.H. Lawrence and Italy

D.H. Lawrence and Italy


by D.H. Lawrence

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 495 PAGES

This omnibus Penguin Classics edition includes Lawrence's three travel tales, each very different in tone and all wonderful: Sea and Sardinia is a nostalgic look at traditional ways of life; Twilight in Italy, an evocation of Lawrence's memorable stay on Lake Garda; and Etruscan Places, his musings on ancient sites, including the painted tombs of Tarquinia. (ITL62, $18.00)

Granite Island

Granite Island


by Dorothy Carrington

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Carrington's indelible account of the history and people, myths and magic of rugged Corsica. (MED157, $24.95)

Napoleon

Napoleon


by Paul Johnson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

In just over 200 blistering pages, British historian Johnson not only traces the major events of the emperor's life, from his birth on Corsica to his death on St. Helena, but also exposes Napoleon's ruthless appetite for power and his naked opportunism. (FRN348, $14.00)

Pillars of Hercules

Pillars of Hercules


by Paul Theroux

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 509 PAGES

Theroux seems to have had an exceptionally good time on his tour of the Mediterranean, circling the celebrated sea on foot, horseback, train and boat from Gibraltar to North Africa. (MED20, $17.00)

Carmen and Other Stories

Carmen and Other Stories


by Prosper Merimee | Nicholas Jotcham

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 361 PAGES

A collection of nine stories, including Carmen, memorably set in southern Spain -- and source for the Bizet opera of the same name. (FRN201, $13.95)

Master and Commander

Master and Commander


by Patrick O'Brian

  • LITERATURE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 412 PAGES

The very first of O'Brian's wildly successful seafaring novels about Captain Aubrey and sidekick Maturin sets the duo against a well-researched Napoleonic wars backdrop in the Western Mediterranean. (MED27, $14.95)

Reeds in the Wind

Reeds in the Wind


by Grazia Deledda

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 199 PAGES

A tale of penitence and salvation about three noble sisters sinking into poverty in Sardinia. First published in Italy in 1913 by the second woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. (ITA232, $17.50)

The Hundred Days

The Hundred Days


by Patrick O'Brian

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Napoleon's escape from Elba as filtered through the marvelous novelistic lens of Patrick O'Brian. (MED38, $15.95)

Vendetta

Vendetta


by Michael Dibdin

  • MYSTERY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

An eccentric billionaire, his wife and guests are gunned down Mob-style in his Sardinian villa in this second book in the Aurelio Zen series. (ITL621, $15.00)

Plant Life in the World's Mediterranean Climates

Plant Life in the World's Mediterranean Climates


by Paul Dallman

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 210 PAGES

Richly illustrated, clearly written and engaging, this book is an ecological overview of the landscapes, plants and vegetation types found in Mediterranean climates. (MED21, $38.95)

Birds of the Mediterranean, A Photographic Guide

Birds of the Mediterranean, A Photographic Guide


by Paul Sterry

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A slim, concise and clearly organized guide to 440 species of birds from the Mediterranean. Range maps and descriptions are opposite good, clear color photographs, digitally enhanced to aid in identification. (MED82, $29.00)

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