Books set in Greece?

(40 Posts)
Clawdy Thu 09-May-13 18:04:09

Going on holiday to Crete in two weeks. Any recommendations for a good holiday read set in Greece? I've already read a couple of Mary Stewart novels with a Greek background.

juneau Thu 09-May-13 18:07:09

Captain Corelli's Mandolin
The Thread

Both very easy holiday reads.

coffeeinbed Thu 09-May-13 18:09:08

Whatever you do don't get the Island.
That was rubbish.

Princesspond Thu 09-May-13 18:11:06

Have you read The Island by Victoria Hislop, it's about Spinalonga which you might be able to visit off the coast of Crete

Trazzletoes Thu 09-May-13 18:13:07

Oh I love The Island!

TheRealFellatio Thu 09-May-13 18:13:40

I'm reading the Island now - it's not rubbish!

eminemmerdale Thu 09-May-13 18:13:52

The Magus by John Fowles. My favourite book evah grin

coffeeinbed Thu 09-May-13 18:15:57


bluebump Thu 09-May-13 18:18:09

I loved The Island too!

Laska42 Thu 09-May-13 18:26:04

The 'fat man' detective novels by Anne Zouroudi .. not hard boiled thrillers though ...quite gentle more reflecting the pace of Greek islands ..

The House on Paradise Street by Sofka Zinovieff.. (I have this on,my kindle ready for my Greek holiday

Skios by Michael Frayn .. read this last years holiday , very funny!

mrssmooth Thu 09-May-13 18:26:41

I loved The Island too! Can only think of Captain Corelli and The Island. Enjoy your holiday!

Eleni - Nicolas Gage - gripping but harrowing
Greek Fire - Nicholas Gage- about Onassis/ Maria Callas romance, good read
Any of Patrick Leigh Fermor's books
Night of Rain and Stars - Maeve Binchy - easy to read, but not her best
Zorba the Greek - set in Crete... film is better than the book.
Dinner with Persephone - Patricia Storace - truly excellent.

They're all the ones I can think of for the moment smile

Trazzletoes Thu 09-May-13 18:29:11

emin are you serious??!!!! DEFINITE worst book ever written.

tripfiction Thu 09-May-13 18:32:03

These are specifically set on Crete (and others have pointed you in the direction of The Island by VH):
Heavenly's Child by Brenda Reid
Out of the Blue by Belinda Jones
The House of Dust and Dreams by Brenda Reid

This link will take you to Greece set books

Hope you find something that fits the bill!

Oh and Into the Blue by Robbert Goddard is a good one if you like crime / thrillers.

IThinkOfHappyWhenIThinkOfYou Thu 09-May-13 18:37:09

I'm with coffeeinbed re The Island but it's not as bad as Captain Corelli's Mandolin, or at least it's a different kind of bad.

BalloonSlayer Thu 09-May-13 18:37:38

Lowering the tone - how about My Family and Other Animals and the sequels by Gerald Durrell

eminemmerdale Thu 09-May-13 18:39:00

Nooooo!!! It's brilliant. I still don't really get it though blush first read it when i was abut 17 and must have read it about 20 times since!

Karenblixen Thu 09-May-13 18:42:21

Zorba the Greek (Alexis Sorbas).

Lucelulu Thu 09-May-13 18:52:55

Lawrence Durrell - the Minotaur

stirrupleathers Thu 09-May-13 18:57:39

The Potters house, I read it last year, its a fantastic read. You can feel the heat coming from the book in her descriptions of the beach and the tiny whitewashed houses!!!

Trazzletoes Thu 09-May-13 19:13:09

emin yep. I had to read it at A level. It's the "I don't get it" that I don't like. I don't see how one can enjoy a book that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

mixedmamameansbusiness Thu 09-May-13 19:43:18

Captain Corelli is awesome. Louis de Bernieres is a marmite writer I think, everyone I know who dislike his writing really dislike it and those (like me) who enjoy his writing love his writing.

Clawdy Thu 09-May-13 20:05:53

Great suggestions here,will look 'em all up,thanks !

Clawdy Thu 09-May-13 20:12:58

Thanks for the useful link, tripfiction

peachypips Thu 09-May-13 20:15:27

The Island is indeed shite. The concept was good, but the biggest flop ever.

CoteDAzur Fri 10-May-13 10:05:08

The Island is utter rubbish. Don't even think about reading it.

Middlesex is about three generations of a Greek family but doesn't take place in Greece. It is a very good book, though.

eminemmerdale Fri 10-May-13 10:13:47

I was told you weren't supposed to 'get' The magus. Conchis is a magician with a lot of money who simply liked to mess up peoples heads and Nicholas deserved it. Still love it though grin <off to reread>

AnonYonimousBird Fri 10-May-13 10:17:21

The House on Paradise Street by Sofka Zinovieff (check spelling!)


Lots of recent Greek history and character through it. I see Greece in a completely different light now after reading both that and The Thread (which isn't bad - worth reading simply to learn about Greece).

OnFoot Fri 10-May-13 10:23:43

I liked the Island, but not Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Sara Alexi's Greek Village series is pleasant light reading and less than £2 each on kindle.

Mary Renault, The King Must Die.

PeasandCucumbers Mon 13-May-13 17:17:03

I'll second The Thread. Good read with interesting history thrown in

BeeBawBabbity Mon 13-May-13 19:39:36

I second the Gerald Durrell books. Wasn't a fan of The Island.

ADefiniteMaybe Mon 13-May-13 19:46:07

I really enjoyed The Island - easily her best and I also loved My Family And Other Animals. Have fun!

auntierozzi Mon 13-May-13 19:51:03
Inspector Costas Haritos is a bit like a Greek Rebus if you are in the mood! You definitely get an idea of what it's like to live in Greece now.

Second Mary Renault and Patrick Leigh-Fermor
Nikos Kazantzakis (who was Cretan) - Faber & Faber do translations

Kerfuffled Wed 19-Jun-13 21:39:16

I'm glad I've found this thread. I'm off to order some of the Lawrence Durrell books and The Magus sounds fascinating too. I'd like to give a mention to Anne Zouroudi who has been mentioned further up the thread. She writs about a Greek detective of sorts, Hermes Diaktorous, and paints a vivid picture of village life in Greece. I'm currently 3/4 of the way through her latest offering, The Feast of Artemis.

The Feast of Artemis

Hassled Wed 19-Jun-13 21:40:55

The Magus is a brilliant book - one of those books everyone should read.

ChewingOnLifesGristle Wed 19-Jun-13 21:41:45

I loved The Magus.

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