Inspired by the success of The Son of a Duck is a Floater, Apricots Tomorrow, Unload your own Donkey, and Pavilions in the Air, this gathering of Italian proverbs is intended to bring to its readers a smile of recognition from the discovery of a pooled aphoristic wit. Each proverb is given a literal translation and an English equivalent. These are sometimes identical, perhaps because of their Biblical or Latin origin, sometimes they are bizarrely askance as the title illustrates. Illustrated by Kathryn Lamb throughout.
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Christopher Arnander spent his career in finance, much of it in the Middle East. He is a Fellow and former Councillor of the Royal College of Music. Author of Think Globally Spend Locally.
Ilia was born in Puglia and married the bookseller Esmond Warner (son of the famous cricketer. Plum Warner) in 1944. She settled in Cambridge after periods in Cairo and Brussels, and produced two daughters who pursued their own writing careers. She died in 2008.
Kathryn Lamb contributes cartoons to The Oldie, Spectator and Private Eye. She has had several exhibitions and has written several books, illustrated by her own cartoons, about teenage life; they have been translated into many languages. Her cartoons are sold in The Cartoon Gallery, London.