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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!

EachAndEveryHighway Thu 09-May-13 18:27:30

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!

EachAndEveryHighway Thu 09-May-13 18:34:58

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

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