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DailyFailAreTwats Tue 29-May-18 16:31:46

Hi - heading to Greece (Corfu and Paxos) in a couple of weeks and planning to do a lot of reading. Does anyone have and recommendations of appropriate books?

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MeanTangerine Tue 29-May-18 16:33:14

Obvious choice is Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

concretesieve Tue 29-May-18 16:39:13

If you haven't read it, My Family and Other Animals. Classic and set in Corfu.

DailyFailAreTwats Tue 29-May-18 17:29:05

Thanks! Read those already. Lived My Family - old favourite. Have to say I didn't like Capt Corelli though - I found the ending very trite!

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cubscout Tue 29-May-18 20:38:22

Victoria Hislop had written some good books set in Greece- The Island about a leper colony (better than it sounds!) and another called The Thread I think about a refugee seamstress.

DancelikeEmmaGoldman Tue 29-May-18 22:06:24

Mary Stewart's This Rough Magic is set in Corfu. A number of her books are set in Greece - My Brother Michael and The Moonspinners are the titles I remember.

tripfiction Wed 30-May-18 17:19:28

Ok, so you have had some top titles so far.... try these:

One of my faves from last year was Beautiful Animals by Lawrence Osborne, set on Hydra

My Map of You by Isabelle Broome, Zakynthos... she is always good a light books that are strong on setting

We just read Aphrodite's Tears by Hannah Fielding as part of the #TFBookClub - the setting is wonderfully evoked but there's a lot of unrequited passion in it that gets a bit tedious ...

And if nothing grabs you, have a look at this link where I have collated books set in Greece

buttybuttybutthole Wed 30-May-18 18:09:41

Oh definitely the island by Victoria hislop 😍

2002Birthday Wed 30-May-18 19:55:07

Loved The Island. Just read My Big Greek Summer.

TheTeaFairy Wed 30-May-18 19:57:34

The Magus by John Fowles.

Once read, forever smitten. smile

boldlygoingsomewhere Wed 30-May-18 19:59:17

Circe by Madeline Miller is a great read. Certainly wished I was reading it on a Greek island.

PepeLePew Thu 31-May-18 09:53:22

Was going to suggest Madeleine Miller - I read The song of Achilles in Greece last year. What about Mythos by Stephen Fry? I loved that and was inspired to read more widely around Greek myths as a result.

DailyFailAreTwats Thu 31-May-18 20:29:35

Fab recommendations- thank you!!

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AliceLutherNeeMorgan Thu 31-May-18 20:34:35

The Odyssey!

Or I would also recommend the Stephen Fry book

Yiayoula Thu 31-May-18 20:42:11

Eleni , by Nicholas Gage : and also the sequel , A Place for Us.
Not ‘ light holiday reading ‘ but highly recommended.

Hassled Thu 31-May-18 20:46:28

The Magus by John Fowles. A lot of the action is on a Greek island. It's an amazing book in a worrying, sinister sort of way.

Hassled Thu 31-May-18 20:47:03

TeaFairy is there ahead of me grin. Nice to meet a fellow fan.

IAmMatty Thu 31-May-18 20:55:36

Birds without wings- Louis de Bernieres

TheTeaFairy Fri 01-Jun-18 10:32:08

smile Hassled

midsomermurderess Fri 01-Jun-18 16:21:14

The two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith, set mostly in Athens and Crete. And if Ancient Greece interests you, have a lookat some of Mary Renault's books, eg the King Must Die.

IndigoApple Fri 15-Jun-18 21:18:25

Have you gone yet? I'm so jealous you're going to Paxos. Went a few years ago and it was lovely.

No Greek reading recommendations but the book I read while there was The Versions of US by Laura Barnett which I enjoyed and will be forever linked with Paxos for me!

aroomwithaperfectview Fri 15-Jun-18 21:26:37

I second Victoria Hislop. Can't remember the title of the book but really enjoyable reading.

BringMeTea Sat 16-Jun-18 16:57:06

Third The Magus. What a book.

BringMeTea Sat 16-Jun-18 16:58:31

Oh, OP is probably already there... wonder what she's reading... smile

everycowandagain Sat 16-Jun-18 22:35:08

Some great suggestions. I love to read books set in wherever I am on holiday. Unfortunately we have recently been mostly to centerparcs, which is bad for both my love of fiction and my love of travel!

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