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Another trip, but a short one:
Mantua & Ferrara
Today I speak of wonders, and of their continuing not ceasing. Yesterday I sent an email to Heinemann asking for a review copy of Falling in Love, Donna Leon's new Brunetti, due out on the 9th of April, and this morning it came through my letterbox. A cheering turn of events, to be sure, as it's been many a year since one of my emails to them have even been answered. My love of publishers and their press officers has increased no end. Expect a review before the weekend's done, or shortly thereafter.
Discussions during my Rome trip suggested that my received downer on Martin Randall tours might be misplaced, so I'm going to try them out in November with a Venice trip. 'But Jeff' I hear you cry 'we rely on you for your compendious and reliable knowledge of Venice, what can a veritable sage of Venice learn from taking a tour'. Well, I say, with a smug but accepting smile, the trip concentrates on palazzos, some privately owned and not commonly visitable. Also I'm not so well versed in the palazzi, and the tour is led by Michael Douglas-Scott, who impressed and entertained on a one-week course on the Northern Italian Courts at the Courtauld last year. It also includes a private visit to the Basilica San Marco (so I can plug that self-conscious gap in the Churches of Venice) and even a gondola trip up the Grand Canal.
If you're on my mailing list for irregular news bulletins you would have got one from me a few days ago via a service called Mail Chimp. This was the first time I'd used this method, forced on my by bt's limits on the number of emails possible in any single batch, and it worked fine, mostly. Teething problems like it not being immediately obvious who the message was from and the instructional bit towards the end can mostly be blamed on the service not giving me the expected opportunity to review the mail before sending it. Apologies for any confusion - the next one will be perfect!
A bonus was the scaring up of emails from site friends I'd not communicated with in a while. So I can tell you that there will be a new edition of the Rough Guide to Venice early next year, there's been another novel about Vivaldi and the Pieta girls called Isabella's Libretto and that Roberta Rich is working on the final draft of the third book in her Midwife series, which we have loved so far, called The Trial of a Midwife and set in Venice (after the second book's action's shift to Constantinople) and in a Palladian villa on the Brenta. Also the San Marco press have a biography of Lord Byron in Venice out, called Byron - Venice, which also covers his journey through Europe and his time in Ravenna. Expect a review soon.
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