Good fiction book set in Greece

Jul 15th, 2007, 03:42 PM
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Interesting to see this thread with its mention of Mary Stewart novels resurface. I notice that some (most?) of them have been reissued recently starting in about 2003

I loved all of them as a teenager. Madame will You talk was definitely my first introduction to Provence.

People still seem to enjoy them (judging from high ratings on the amazon website)

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Jul 15th, 2007, 06:53 PM
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I third "eleni". It's not a light vacation read necessarily. But it's so engaging and although not fiction, it reads like a novel.

The movie starred John Malkovich as Nick and Kate Nelligan as Eleni.

You will have an appreciation for Greeks and their politics having read this book/seen this movie.

Coming from a Greek background, I make all my boyfriends watch it, so that they can understand my ancestory a lil. My grandfather fought in WWII and was then jailed by the guerrila Greeks when he returned home from the it really hit home.

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Jul 16th, 2007, 12:31 AM
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I read the following books on my recent holiday in Greece, not fiction but pretty light reading:

The Papas and the Englishman - Roy Hounsell
The Greek for love - James Chatto

These two books are about their writer's experiences of setting up home in Greece, the first in the mountainous area of Zagoria, the second in Corfu. Be aware than you will need a box of tissues for a very sad section towards the end of James Chatto's book.

The Summer of my Greek taverna - Tom Stone

Memoirs from a summer of running a taverna on the Greek island of Patmos.
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Jul 16th, 2007, 09:36 AM
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Can any of you remember who wrote the book that had a chapter or two that took place in Mykonos? I feel it may have been Helen McIness or Mary Stewart. It didn't have Mykonos in the title. They both wrote so many books.

Thanks for any help.

Kind Regards, Joan
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Jul 16th, 2007, 09:03 PM
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Jul 16th, 2007, 09:27 PM
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Try "Corfu: a Novel", by Australian writer, Robert Dessaix. Took me back to a summer in Corfu.
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Jul 17th, 2007, 12:24 PM
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I have a copy here of The Double Image by Helen MacInnes. The story is set in Mykonos and Paris. Might that be the one?


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Jul 17th, 2007, 04:27 PM
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Thank you, thank you, Bill. Also many thanks to thanos for alerting me to your reply. I'll start looking for it right away.

Kind Regards, Joan
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Jul 18th, 2007, 12:16 PM
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Hi Joan

You are very welcome. I have read and enjoyed your many postings about Mykonos, an island I've travelled to now for almost 20 years.

It was a pleasure to have the chance to give something back and hope you enjoy the book.

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Jul 18th, 2007, 03:19 PM
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Try "A Summer All Her Own" by Rosanne Keller.
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