ROME
A History in Seven Sackings

MATTHEW KNEALE
432pp COLOUR PLATES 2019 LIST PRICE: £10.99 (P) HC47

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This love letter to Rome comes in the form of a vivid chronicle of the city’s repeated catastrophes and recoveries, from the early Roman Republic to the German occupation. It has been ravaged by fires, floods, earthquakes and -- most of all -- by invading armies. The author guides a journey through seven bloody events spanning more than two millennia, describing what Rome looked like, felt like, smelled like and how a fierce courage, panache and vitality characterised its people. The attacks transformed Rome -- sometimes for the better.

Utterly compelling . . . Wonderfully moving and inspiring. LITERARY REVIEW