‘In a class of its own. A journey you will never forget.’
              William Boyd



‘A book which takes risks: stylish, clever and spiced with amoral high spirits.’
             Colin Thubron


‘ . . . one of the great travelogues of the century.’
                    Dr Edward Chaney, Lincoln College, Oxford


‘He is stylishly at ease with the louche, the camp, the intellectual, the vaguely criminal. His prose combines baroque extravagance with a shiny demotic smartness. A rich and spicy entertainment.’
     Patrick Taylor-Martin, the



‘Palermo is invested by Fallowell with such an intense and luminous light that its attraction is irresistible.’
            Anthony Blond, Literary Review


‘If travel writing needed a textbook to show would-be scribblers how to convey the right balance of detail, atmosphere, dialogue, intrigue, humour and honesty, then this book would surely be it.’







‘An extraordinary personal style that seems personal to the reader too.’
                   Nicholas Mosley



‘Unique. A bizarre late-20th-century rake’s progress.’
      Anthony Sattin, Sunday Times