What is better than being on holiday or a mini-break in a beautiful city, than having a perfect classic book that relates to that place to read? 

In the first of a series of virtual travelogues for Arena on RTÉ Radio 1, Colm Toibin transports us to Venice with his choice of books: The Wings of the Dove by Henry James, Death in Venice by Thomas Mann and The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan.

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