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    DescriptionIt was a moment of mad impulse when John Humphrys decided to buy a semi-derelict cottage and a building site on a plot of land overlooking the Aegean. After all, his son Christopher was already raising his family there so he would help build the beautiful villa that would soon rise there. What could possibly go wrong? Everything. John was to spend much of the next four years regretting his moment of madness Sometimes comic, at other times infuriating, here father and son tell a story by turns hilarious and revealing about a country that intrigues and infuriates in equal measure.


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    Title
    Blue Skies and Black Olives
    Subtitle
    A Survivor's Tale of Housebuilding and Peacock Chasing in Greece
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Humphrys
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 141 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780340978849
    ISBN 10: 0340978848
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DVG
    BIC subject category V2: BM, WTL, VSW
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24890
    BISAC V2.8: HIS042000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DVG
    DC22: 949.5076092
    Thema V1.0: DNC, VSW, WTL
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DXG
    Illustrations note
    8pp colour photos
    Publisher
    Hodder & Stoughton General Division
    Imprint name
    Hodder Paperback
    Publication date
    01 April 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    John Humphrys has reported from all over the world for the BBC and presented its frontline news programmes on both radio and television, in a broadcasting career spanning forty years. He has won a string of national awards and been described as a 'national treasure'. He owned a dairy farm for ten years and has homes in Greece and London. Christopher Humphrys is John Humphrys' eldest son. He has lived in Greece for the past sixteen years and is a cellist with the hugely popular Camerata Orchestra based in Athens.
    Review quote
    a very funny tome Daily Telegraph hilarious Daily Mail a profoundly instructive course in the idiosyncrasies of Greek law, custom and culture...entertainingly chronicled Saga A sparky, funny, exasperated story that brings Humphrys and his family together in trying but also tender circumstances. Iain Finlayson, Times 'John Humphrys was born to be combative... His cellist son Christopher acts as a gentle foil. Between them they amusingly blend the genres of misery memoir and Mediterranean escapist idyll FT Weekend Entertaining The Lady hilarious Independent on Sunday