Penguin Book

The Land Where Lemons Grow

Helena Attlee

The Land Where Lemons Grow uses citrus to reveal an untold history of Italy, from the arrival of citrons in 2nd century Calabria to Slow Food and cutting-edge genetic research in the 21st. Helena Attlee explores the curious past and present of citrus; the uses of its essential oils in perfumes; the primitive violence of the Battle of Oranges in Ivrea. She exposes the earliest manifestations of the Mafia among lemon gardens outside Palermo, and traces ongoing links between organised crime and the citrus industry. By combining travel writing with history, recipes, horticulture and art, Helena Attlee takes the reader on a unique and rich journey through Italy's cultural, moral, culinary and political past.

Helena Attlee is the author of four books about Italian gardens, and others on the cultural history of gardens around the world. Helena is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund and has worked in Italy for nearly 30 years.

Publication date
  • Travel
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
W.W. Norton & Co Inc (PRH Rights)
Greene & Heaton Ltd
Greene & Heaton Ltd
Greene & Heaton Ltd
Audio (Unabridged)
Greene & Heaton Ltd
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