More photos, less dumb-arsedness

“What kind of dumb-arsed travel book is this without any photos?”

That’s a line in a comment left by a bloke who recently read my book. It was a friendly comment, despite how it sounds. But he makes a decent point.

So, with that in mind, I’m happy to say that I’ve now posted photos for the second half of Sicily, It’s Not Quite Tuscany. To view any of the images from the book, click on “Galleries I” or “Galleries II” above, or use the scroll-down menus to choose a chapter.

And below is a random selection of other photos from our year in Sicily that didn’t make it into the sets above. (Click anywhere on the image to go to the next one.)


4 thoughts on “More photos, less dumb-arsedness

  1. Shamus. I loved your book. I chose it by title from the library newly released list, knowing nothing whatsoever about the content. From the first page I couldn’t put it down. The style of writing, the humour, the history, the travel was engrossing.
    I had been in southern Italy (Puglia) a couple of years ago and found that area enticing, and similar in many ways to Siciliy. How about another book real soon??

    PS – I’m from Brisbane…… this could be a good story ??

    • Hi Jocelyn,

      Thanks for this. Glad you enjoyed the book! Puglia looks fascinating – I’ve always wanted to check out those crazy houses, the “trulli”.

      Brissie, eh? You know, I think the place might be just about ready for a travel book. Let’s hope for Brisbane’s sake that Paul Theroux isn’t the one to write it. I’d happily have a stab at it, only there’s probably not much of a narrative to be woven from my many years living in St Lucia. (Beers at The R.E., golf at Indooroopilly, occasionally turning up to uni, repeat.)


  2. Loved your book on Sicily. In 1978 husband, and children went to live in italy for 6 months – stayed 5 years. We had our annual holidays in southern italy and found it so different from Umbria. (Which wasn’t the “new” Toscana when we lived there).

    The trulli houses in Alberobello were gorgeous, but I have heard that it is very touristy now. However, I have to confess we contributed to this as we were tourists and took others there.

    Unfortunately, we didn’t get to Sicily – this is the only region we didn’t visit during our time in Italy. We have since returned to Italy many times over the years but still haven’t visited Sicily. Maybe one day!

    By the way we also live in Brisbane.

    • Hi Pam,

      Thanks for the note; I’m glad you enjoyed the book. It’s fairly easy to imagine how a 6-month stint in Italy could blow out to 5 years – nicely done! And best of luck in your endeavours to get to Sicily. As for me, I’d still like to see the trulli one day, even if it does mean elbowing a few other tourists out of the way in the process.

      Hope all is well in Brissie.


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