The South in Winter

The South in Winter Matthew Baxter was almost there Almost a writer almost a lover almost a traveller He wrote for the Tread Lightly range of travel guides he loved his boss and he was about to catch a plane to the so

  • Title: The South in Winter
  • Author: Peter Benson
  • ISBN: 9781846884238
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
  • Matthew Baxter was almost there Almost a writer, almost a lover, almost a traveller He wrote for the Tread Lightly range of travel guides, he loved his boss and he was about to catch a plane to the south.His job was to give an out of season slant to the Italian guide, and he was ready Almost For everything wasn t exactly as it should have been In fact, nothing was exaMatthew Baxter was almost there Almost a writer, almost a lover, almost a traveller He wrote for the Tread Lightly range of travel guides, he loved his boss and he was about to catch a plane to the south.His job was to give an out of season slant to the Italian guide, and he was ready Almost For everything wasn t exactly as it should have been In fact, nothing was exactly as it should have been Especially Matthew Baxter.Peter Benson s new novel is a story of almost unrequited love and a meditation on the possibility of redemption It s also a tour of southern Italy, and aims to prove that although some people say Never go back, some people don t know what they re talking about.

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    About "Peter Benson"

    1. Peter Benson

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.Peter Benson was born in 1956 in Kent, UK and is the award winning author of seven novels His work has been described as a far reaching exploration into unlikely relationships and is characterised by the precision of its language, characterisations and approach.

    370 thoughts on “The South in Winter”

    1. I found this book a delight from start to finish. Peter Benson’s English is so prosaic I almost feel unworthy to compose a review.The basic story is a simple one, Matthew is travelling around southern Italy to research his guide and as he travels he is contemplating a lost love. Within this framework we get descriptions of his journeys, the places he visits and recollections of past events, all combining to give us an in-depth insight into the character.But the joy is in the writing and the au [...]


    2. Benson’s Best Novel Yet!This is a beautiful novel. A love story, a travel guide of Southern Italy, a tale of a man struggling to find his place as he approaches fifty, and if some of Benson’s previous work was described as a ‘love letter to the West Country’ then surely this is a ‘goodbye letter’ to writing in its traditional form, as we sink deeper into the world of blogging and social media to get our literary thrills. Always known for his strong descriptive skills of landscape, Be [...]


    3. A beautifully-written, thought-provoking novelMatthew Baxter writes for the travel magazine Tread Lightly. His latest assignment has him travelling through southern Italy in February which needs a fair bit of imagination to entice the traveller to visit in winter! The author does this very well. I enjoyed his descriptions of the various places he travelled to and the people he observed and met from all walks of life.During his time in Italy, he ponders his life, his lost (well, not quite) love, [...]



    4. Very, very, very boring. Extra star for the philosophical side of things. More like a book you'd come to when you have nothing else on your mind. Not bad, though.


    5. As a hack for Tread Lightly, “a brand dreamt up by a copywriter as he flew to New York on Concorde” (p17), Matthew Baxter is in Italy in February to revise the guidebook with an out-of-season slant. A heavy drinker, unpublished novelist and petty thief approaching fifty, he might speak the language and know his way around the country but, otherwise, Matthew is lost. Full review Two “novel” perspectives on tourism annegoodwin.weebly/1/post/


    6. The ramblings and ruminations of a travelogue writer as he journeys through southern Italy during the winter months to collect material for a Travel Guide. To add a bit of variety, an on-off romantic liaison with his boss is a recurring theme throughout and is depicted primarily through a series of text messages. Written very much in a “stream of consciousness” style, his thoughts are either those of a very creative mind or a lost soul, possibly a little of both. Focusing in detail on Matt [...]


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