It's All Greek To Me: A Tale of a Mad Dog and and Englishman, Ruins, Retsina and Real Greeks (Paperback)

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It's All Greek To Me: A Tale of a Mad Dog and and Englishman, Ruins, Retsina and Real Greeks (Paperback)


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"Travel writing at its best." -


Intoxicated with dreams of a Greek paradise, John Mole inflicts upon his family a tumbledown ruin on a hillside with no water, no electricity, no roof, no floor, no doors, no windows and twenty years of goat dung ... far away from the tourist resorts and posh hotels.

Through hard work and comic misadventures a bond is formed with a vivid cast of village characters - from Elpida who cures back pain with raw eggs to beautiful Eleni yearning for Dusseldorf - over bottles of ouzo, whisky and wine.

If only Hector the dog would calm down.
John Mole has been at home in Greece for thirty years. "Like Odysseus making his legendary way home to his birthplace Ithaca, the island of Evia was the goal of my life's journey. It was better than Birmingham." He has had a varied international career, from banking in the USA and Athens to jacket potato restaurants in Russia. Meanwhile, he published comic novels and management books, including the perennial bestseller Mind Your Manners.
Product Details ISBN: 9781857886504
ISBN-10: 185788650X
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English
A love affair with Greece—Daily Telegraph

A wonderful book about Greece, the Greek people and transitional island life with hilariously recounted misadventures. Mole is a brilliant comic writer - and generous humorist as well, for he doesn't just sketch the various mad characters and situations he encounters, he lampoons himself first and foremost.—Greece in Print

John Mole writes with clarity, honesty and humour ... whether you are new to the country or share Mole's passion for all things Greek, this book offers an entertaining glimpse of life in rural Greece.—Saga Travellers News

It's All Greek to Me! is John Mole's gentle tale of converting a stone ruin into a family home on the island of Evia, a fabulous insight into Hellenic village life.—Book of the Week, Daily Express

It's All Greek to Me! represents travel writing at its best. Mole's descriptions of the people and places he encounters do for Greece what Peter Mayle did for France in his bestselling A Year in Provence and Frances Mayes for Italy in Under the Tuscan Sun.—

Anecdotes come thick and fast ... Mole's affable style suits the subject, and his self-deprecatory tone is a bonus.—The Good Book Guide