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    DescriptionThis is the story of ordinary life in an extraordinary place. The beautiful city of Venice has been a fantasy land for people from around the globe for centuries, but what is it like to live there? To move house by boat, to get a child with a broken leg to hospital or set off for school one morning only to find that the streets have become rivers and the playground is a lake full of sewage? When Polly Coles and her family left England for Venice, they discovered a city caught between modern and ancient life - where the locals still go on an annual pilgrimage to give thanks for the end of the Black Deathl; where schools are housed in renaissance palaces and your new washing machine can only be delivered on foot. This is a city perilously under siege from tourism, but its people refuse to give it up - indeed, they love it with a passion. The Politics of Washing is a fascinating window into the world of ordinary Venetians and the strange and unique place they call home.


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    Title
    The Politics of Washing
    Subtitle
    Real Life in Venice
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Polly Coles
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780719808784
    ISBN 10: 0719808782
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DST
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Libri: I-TT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23690
    B&T General Subject: 800
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Ingram Subject Code: TT
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000, TRV009110, HIS020000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DST
    DC23: 914.53110493
    BISAC region code: 1.5.3.0.0.0.0
    DC22: 945.3110930922
    LC classification: DG675.6 .C57 2013
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    DC22: 945.31109309
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/DESTAS
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    ROBERT HALE LTD
    Imprint name
    ROBERT HALE LTD
    Publication date
    01 April 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Polly Coles grew up in London and also went to school in Australia. She studied English at Oxford University before becoming a primary school teacher working in in inner-city London. In 1990, she completed a Masters in Anthropology at the LSE, after which she started writing full-time. Polly writes fiction and about art, as well as abridging for BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime and Book of the Week. She was closely involved in the recording of the complete Arkangel Shakespeare for Pacificus Productions and, most recently, has written texts to accompany two exhibitions at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford. She and her partner, the violin maker Andrea Ortona, have four children and divide their time between Italy and England.
    Review quote
    "More cerebral than most Venetian travelogues or fictions...Coles clearly has ample knowledge but also the wit to have travelled light" - The Spectator "Eloquent" - New York Times "Coles' cool, clear voice, mordant humour and unique analytical gifts mark her out as a compelling new voice on the literary scene." - Liz Jensen, author 'No book as thoughtful, perceptive and humane on Venice considered simply in terms of a living community has appeared since William Dean Howells wrote his Venetian Life in 1866' - Jonathan Keates, Times Literary Supplement 'Going to Venice, been to Venice, or if you just enjoy armchair travel, this is THE book to read' - Polly Jaffe, Jaffe & Neale Bookshop & Cafe