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A Season With Verona: Travels Around Italy in Sear&hellip by Tim Parks
Tim Parks is an English author and journalist who moved to Italy more than 20 years ago. In an effort to fully immerse himself into the culture of his new home, he began to support the local professional soccer team, Hellas Verona. This book is his diary of a season spent following Verona to all of their home and away matches.

Parks travelled the length and breadth of Italy accompanied by a motley and colourful band of supporters. Some were professionals, some students, some would-be hooligans, but all embraced Parks and welcomed him as one of their own...which he soon became. This book is not only an account of the trials and tribulations of a professional soccer team over the… Read more
El Diego: The Autobiography of the World's Greates&hellip by Diego Maradona
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There is no disputing that Diego Maradona was one of the greatest players ever to play the game of football. But that is not enough. Maradona's feats on the pitch were matched by his inadequacies off it, so the promise of an honest tell-all autobiography were too good to pass on.

The 1986 World Cup match between arch-rivals Argentina and England serve as Maradona's life in a nut-shell. In one 90 minute sequence, Maradona scored one of the greatest goals ever seen in a football match when he dribbled the ball from the halfway line and through the entire England team before slotting it into the empty net. But he also stole a goal by punching the ball over the line with his fist… Read more
Italian Summer by Alessia Urbani Vaughan
Italian Summer by Alessia Urbani Vaughan
I don't read a great deal of fiction, but an interest in the subject matter led me to this book. I was not disappointed.

Urbani Vaughan has painted a beautiful picture of life in a small Italian town from the perspective of an outsider. The central character is a young Canadian girl who must reluctantly spend her precious summer in her father's home village in the mountains of central Italy. Just as this book won over my reservations about it being a novel, so the peculiarities of Portali won over Nicoletta. The experience left us both longing for more.

This book is beautifully written and rich with anecdotes and local lore. The story is believable and entertaining,… Read more