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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.

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Gordy2000 Wed 19-Nov-14 13:05:05

Try any of the Greek Saga books by Beryl Darby (available on kindle as well as hard copy). Starts with 'Yiannis' and develops into more present day, all based upon a family from Crete. However each book can be read on its own. I have yet to find an iffy/ bad review. I read a book a day and this author is arguably my favourite. Next one due out 14 Dec 2014 which will put me in mind for a holiday through the winter!

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

I loved The Magus.

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

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

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

BlueChampagne Mon 20-May-13 16:59:11

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

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.

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!

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

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

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

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

NotGoodNotBad Fri 10-May-13 10:26:59

Mary Renault, The King Must Die.

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.

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).

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>

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.

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

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

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

Thanks for the useful link, tripfiction

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

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

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.

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.

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!!!

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

Lawrence Durrell - the Minotaur

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

Zorba the Greek (Alexis Sorbas).

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!

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