Mount Vesuvius has been famous ever since its eruption in 79 CE, when it destroyed and buried the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. But less well-known is the role it played in the science and culture of early modern Italy, as Sean Cocco reveals in this ambitious and wide-ranging study. Humanists began to make pilgrimages to Vesuvius…
Life is tranquil in the quintessentially English village of Throttle - until the local cricket team receives a devilish demand. When industrialist and landowner Sir Alfred Bullock is laid up, his devious son Roland, devises a get-rich-quick scheme. He gives an ultimatum to the cricket club: win a trophy by the end of the season or we take back the ground you play on and sell it for development. In a desperate attempt to win games and hold on to the pitch, the club enlists the help of a professional whose skills - to the delight of the local ladies - extend far beyond the cricket Field. Roland, together with an unscrupulous estate agent and two dodgy builders, hatches malicious plans to ensure the team loses its games. Meanwhile, village residents whose houses are devalued by being on the perimeter of the pitch take matters into their own hands to 'fix' the club's failure… Greed, scandal, tragedy and farce ensue as the cricket club fights for survival against increasingly dangerous sabotage…
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