Christ stopped at Eboli, down on the coast, up the in the hills the world remains pre-Christian. This is the author’s account of life in one of those hill villages while in internal exile under the fascists. Levi presents most of the villagers as being so isolated from the mainstream of Italian culture that they have a pre-christian or pagan mentality or weltanschauung. For example at Christmas the poor people give presents to the rich – unlike in the Bible story were the Kings give presents to the carpenter’s son – hence the title of the book

He comes to see these people as the aboriginal inhabitants of Italy crushed down by the weight by a series … More

Penny Pepper has led an extraordinary life. She is a writer. Poet. Punk. Pioneer. Activist. And she also happens to be disabled. In her absorbing memoir, which spans the mid-80s up until the millennium, Penny paints a picture of life, love, sex, music, success, failure and misadventures in the UK punk scene of the late 20th century. Craving freedom from the poor Chiltern Hill council estate where she grew up, Penny dreams of moving to London, of writing, of finding her way in the North London music scene.

She doesn’t have what others take for granted; she is disabled. And she sets out with just her raw, burgeoning … More

“A voice is calling across the land, “Bombardier Milligan.””Bombadier Milligan is dead,” I replied in a disguised voice. The voice replied, “Then he’s going to miss his breakfast.” The fourth volume of Spike Milligan’s legendary account of his time in the army during World War Two begins as he & his regiment land in sunny Italy in 1943 (‘The ship touched the beach very gently, so gently I suspect it’s not insured’).

Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, … More