2021 book reviews – Adriatic

Pignolo by Ben Little

Two books look at a tiny corner of the north Adriatic from two very different perspectives.

Cultivating the invisible 
Ben Little 
€35, or €45–€55 (depending on location, shipping costs included)

I think I’ve written, and rewritten, this review at least five times. Nothing I say can do this book justice. It’s a book like no other book I have reviewed. It’s poetry. It’s a fairground. It’s Alice in Wonderland meets Robert Frost on the road less travelled. It’s Muriel Barbery lost in an amphora, Einstein with anthocyanin-stained hands, a self-help hack, a work of art...