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After falling in love with an incredible view John Mole found himself owning a pile of stones and 20 years of goat dung. With no water, electricity or even a road his family were unamused. This is the warm and funny story of the Mole family's dream of making a home in a whitewashed island house with a blue door near a beach and a taverna, and ending up in a tumbledown ruin in a near deserted village. A vision of the simple life in a timeless, idyllic Greece flounders on the blank incomprehension of the Greek villagers. His infatuation with the idea of Greece comes up against the harsh reality of making a home. Want to put up a traditional ceiling? First cut your reeds in a snake-ridden marsh. Invite the neighbours round for a barbecue? First pick out your lamb from the flock that comes past the door! Filled with cultural and linguistic confusions there is charm and humour on each page. There is plenty of Greek sun and sunstroke, sea and sickness, golden sand - and gravelly cement. Anyone who has been to Greece, if only on a package holiday, will have met in one guise or another the warm, generous and garrulous characters that cram the pages. This charming comedy has something to sa

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A witty fun-filled book which recreates a rustic Greece now rarely found. -- The Greek-o-File

It is the humour of the author John Mole that lifts It's All Greek to Me! above the rest. -- Kathimerini, Greece’s international English language newspaper

It’s All Greek to Me! is a fabulous insight into Hellenic village life. -- Book of the Week, Daily Express

John Mole wirtes with clarity, honesty and humour ... this book offers an entertaining glimpse of life in rural Greece. -- Saga Travellers News

Mole’s affable style suits the subject ... anecdotes come thick and fast... his self-deprecatory tone is a bonus. -- The Good Book Guide
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John Mole has been at home in Greece for thirty years. "Like Odysseus making his legendary way home to his birthplace Ithaca, the island of Evia was the goal of my life's journey. It was better than Birmingham." He has had a varied international career, from banking in the USA and Athens to jacket potato restaurants in Russia. Meanwhile, he published comic novels and management books, including the perennial bestseller 'Mind Your Manners'.

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  • PublisherNicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Publication date2004
  • ISBN 10 1857883438
  • ISBN 13 9781857883435
  • BindingPaperback
  • Number of pages224
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