Hello all. It's not really my place to intervene in a discussion about my book, but someone pointed me to this thread so I thought I'd offer my thoughts. Hope this is OK.
The book is an adaptation of my PhD thesis, so yes a scholarly text (not sure if that's a good or bad thing), but I re-wrote it to widen its appeal as much as possible. Frayling was my external examiner and he encouraged me to get it published so I very much hope that it will offer something of interest to SW fans and scholars alike. Regarding politics, it's not a book that drones on about Marxism; merely an historical and textual study of the films and their socio-political context from somebody who loves watching Spaghettis and is fortunate enough to be offered the chance to write about them (it's mostly about Quien sabe, Se sei vivo, spara!, La resa dei conti, Faccia a faccia, Mercenario, Companeros and Tepepa, but touching upon many others).
Scherpshutter: yes I know what you mean about the article that was posted on Facebook. Rather heavy prose I'm afraid. That was, however, written for an academic journal, and we are compelled to "play the game" in academia by using the jargon of the discipline in order to get published. As I said, I hope the book will prove more accessible, since it's aimed at a wider audience.
Oh, and the price. Yes, I'm annoyed about that. The publishers are only releasing it in hardback for now, but I hope that a paperback will follow.
Apologies again for sticking my nose in. All feedback and thoughts will be gratefully received with good humour.