Venice Art and Culture

Floating on the sea, Venice is undeniably one of the most beautiful and beloved cities on earth, but it was also the Serenissima, born amid the mud flats to become the longest surviving republic in history, with a form of government that the rest of Europe envied, suspected or considered simply nuts.

This enhanced, greatly expanded and updated version of Facaros and Pauls’ Cadogan guide to Venice is the first in a series of art and culture apps to offer something that other travel apps don’t: an in-depth exploration of a destination’s history, art and culture for any who want more than factoids and sound bites.

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The Travellers’ Guide to Hell

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Funny, oddly informative...

... definitely the book for you.

Join the rich and famous in the world’s hottest resort!

Everything you need to know: an exhaustively researched history of hell, how to get there, what to bring, what to eat (don’t), who’s who among the demons and devils, an update of Dante’s Inferno (from guest visionary, Rev. Odus Lee Wiggins) and a round-up of all the world’s hells—from ancient Mesopotamia to the Kafka-esque bureaucratic Chinese hell, Buddhist hell with its mean chickens to William Blake’s infernal poetic backwards Bible.

Michael was interviewed on the Seven Deadly Sins by Ernie Rea on BBC Radio 4’s Beyond Belief. Listen to part of the interview:

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Titmice, Turks and Marinated Mummies

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Titmice, Turks and Marinated Mummies was originally released in print as Tall Tales and Tittle-Tattle (UK) and Why Americans Zig Zag When They Eat (US).

What’s the longest word in the world? How did a werewolf get into the ancient Olympics? Why does Monday come after Sunday? For the answers to these, and dozens of other questions no one has ever bothered asking, there is nowhere to turn but to Titmice, Turks and Marinated Mummies. Call it literary hash. It’s full of twisted tales from history, science, food, art, popular games, toilet folklore and the crime news. It will show you who designed the constellations, who invented Spam, and who built the greatest architectural cock-ups of our age. We throw in a recipe for lamprey, some little word puzzles seen on cards in bars, and even a few winsome logic problems designed by Lewis Carroll. Finally, in a exposé scoop, we reveal the secret identity of the Jack of Hearts.

Titmice, Turks and Marinated Mummies is the first e-book expressly designed for high-class people to read on the toilet.

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