Reviews for Sicily, It’s Not Quite Tuscany:


“[Sillar is] observant, funny and knowledgeable – with a PhD in Roman history, he’s the right person to guide us around Sicily’s ancient ruins … Fun, informative and always interesting.”
– NZ Herald on Sunday

“A fascinating account.”
– Launceston Examiner

“Sillar’s droll tone makes for an entertaining read (imagine if comedic radio personality Hamish Blake wrote a book about Sicily) … The author’s knowledge of history and interest in quirky facts makes him an excellent guide. He has an eye for detail and immerses himself in the lively, chaotic Sicilian culture.
The Sun Herald, Sydney

“The charming Shamus and Gill make the most of their year on an island often left off tourist itineraries.”
– Next
magazine, New Zealand

“Sillar writes well. This book – his first – is funny and completely engaging from start to finish.”
– Write Note Reviews

“This is a new warts-and-all look at the island from which travellers, both real and armchair, can learn much and be entertained at the same time.”
– Bookseller+Publisher

“As Sicily is the anti-Tuscany, this book is the anti-travel novel: refreshing, honest and extremely witty.”
– Vacations & Travel

“Informative and extremely entertaining.”
Good Reading magazine

“A lesson in the flawed beauty of travel, letting go of expectations and staying optimistic when that black cloud over your head is no metaphor.”
– MX
magazine: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

“An affectionate read about a part of Italy that rarely graces bookstores.”
The Advertiser (Adelaide)

“Sillar writes well and entertainingly about trying times.”
– The Sun Herald
, The Sunday Age, Brisbane Times, Canberra Times