<h2>A captivating journey along the iconic River Po and through Italian history, society and culture. </h2><p>'Delightful... A wonderful cornucopia of history' <b><i>TLS</i></b> <br />
'Uncovers the Po's fascinating history' <b><i>Guardian</i></b> <br />
'Tobias Jones is the perfect guide' <b><i>Spectator</i></b></p><p>The Po is the longest river in Italy, travelling for 652 kilometres from one end of the country to the other. It rises by the French border in the Alps and meanders the width of the entire peninsula to the Adriatic Sea in the east. Flowing next to many of Italy's most exquisite cities – Ferrara, Mantova, Parma, Cremona, Pavia and Torino – the river is a part of the national psyche, as iconic to Italy as the Thames is to England or the Mississippi to the USA.</p><p>For millennia, the Po was a vital trading route and a valuable source of tax revenue, fiercely fought over by rival powers. It was also moat protecting Italy from invaders from the north, from Hannibal to Holy Roman Emperors. It breached its banks so frequently that its floodplain swamps were homes to outlaws and itinerants, to eccentrics and experimental communities. But as humans radically altered the river's hydrology, those floodplains became important places of major industries and agricultures, the source of bricks, timber, silk, hemp, cement, caviar, mint, flour and risotto rice.</p><p>Tobias Jones travels the length of the river against the current, gathering stories of battles, writers, cuisines, entertainers, religious minorities and music. Both an ecological lament and a celebration of the resourcefulness and resilience of the people of the Po, the book opens a window onto a stunning, but now neglected, part of Italy.</p>
<p>A journey along the River Po and through Italian history, society and culture, from journalist and author Tobias Jones. </p>
'A delightful book that is part history, part travel, part a picture of contemporary Italy... <i>The Po</i> is a wonderful cornucopia of history... Modern history at its most enjoyable'
'Travelling its length, Tobias Jones uncovers [the Po's] fascinating history'
'Tobias Jones is the perfect guide to the sweet Po as it runs its course'
'A meditative and evocative account... Like the Po, which has shifted course countless times and is notoriously prone to flooding, the book veers off on enjoyable tangents'
'This is a bleak tale at times, but compelling reading'
'Jones has an eye for the quirky, and a talent for storytelling that keeps the reader engaged, amused, and enlightened. Recommended for all Italophiles, travellers, and lovers of the past'
'Tobias Jones profiles not just a river but a country, from ancient history to contemporary environmental challenges'
<p>Jones's THE DARK HEART OF ITALY has sold over 150k copies.</p>
<p>A unique blend of travelogue and commentary on Italian history and culture, written in a conversational, accessible style.</p>
<p>In this book, Tobias travels the length of the River Po, often highlighting forgotten corners of Italy.</p>
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