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Turnstiles to enter St Mark’s Square

Here’s the photo that has been doing the rounds on various social media pages, showing the gleaming new turnstiles installed at the entrances to St Mark’s Square. They are very similar to the ones that have been set up at many of the vaporetto-stops (easily avoided by entering the pontile via the […]


News on the Rialto

It’s an obvious headline, given the circumstances. And it’s been a long time since there has really been any serious news on the Rialto, whether we are referring to the Rivo Alto area (once the commercial heart of the city) or the bridge itself. Like most of the city it […]


THE FOUR HORSEMEN – UK edition cover

After saving the Venetian Republic in ASCENSION (Polygon 2015, St Martins 2016), reluctant spy Alvise Marangon returns in a second adventure, THE FOUR HORSEMEN, played out once again amid the carnivalesque atmosphere of 18th-century Venice. Here is the cover of the UK edition (Polygon) of this second novel in the series, due out […]


Who invented the name “Bridge of Sighs”?

Who invented the name “The Bridge of Sighs” (Ponte dei Sospiri)? Well, the Tate Britain seems to believe Byron did. The last time I visited and looked at this wonderful painting by Turner there was an explanatory note beside it that read: “One of the most famous landmarks in Venice, […]


ASCENSION included in top 10 Venetian books of 2016

Very gratified to be included in this list of the top 10 books about Venice published last year (this refers to the US publication, naturally). The website is The Venice Insider. THE 2016 TOP 10 OF NEW BOOKS SET IN VENICE


Review of Auden’s Complete Works: Prose, Vol V, Vol VI

Here’s a fairly recent review I did of Volumes V and VI of Auden’s Prose for the Italian poetry journal, Semicerchio. These are the concluding volumes of a magnificent publishing enterprise devoted to one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.        


The Locations of Ascension. 1. Fusina

I’m going to start posting photos and other images of locations from Ascension, for those who want a clearer view of the novel’s setting. I’ll start with a painting by Turner of Venice as seen from Fusina. This is the setting of the first chapter of the novel: it was here that […]


Interview with Vincenzo Patanè, Videoteca Pasinetti, 15 June.

Mercoledì 15 giugno ● INCONTRI CON GLI AUTORI Ore 17: Presentazione del libro I frutti acerbi. Lord Byron, gli amori & il sesso (Cicero, 2016) di Vincenzo Patanè, con interventi di Gregory Dowling (docente Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia) e dell’autore, a seguire Peccato d’amore (Lady Caroline Lamb, 1972) di […]