It's All Greek to Me!: A Tale of a Mad Dog and an Englishman, Ruins, Retsina - And Real Greeks

It's All Greek to Me!: A Tale of a Mad Dog and an Englishman, Ruins, Retsina - And Real Greeks


By (author) John Mole


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  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 28mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1857883756
  • ISBN 13: 9781857883756
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: Black and white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 196,437

Product description

'A little whitewashed house with a blue door and blue shutters on an unspoilt island in a picturesque village next to the beach with a tavern round the corner...' This was the dream of the Mole family in search of a piece of Greek paradise. But a beautiful view and a persuasive local prompted the impulsive purchase of 'a tumbledown ruin on a hillside with no water, no electricity, no roof, no floor, no doors, no windows and twenty years of goat dung...' In a charming saga of sun sea, sand - and cement - John Mole tells of the back-breaking but joyous labours of fixing up his own Arcadia and introduces a warm, generous and garrulous cast of characters who helped (and occasionally hindered) his progress. 'Welcome to our village. Meet Elpida who cures bad backs with a raw egg...Ajax the canny, death-dealing butcher...beautiful Eleni yearning for Dusseldorf...Mole's mutinous and frequently sceptical family...and Hector, their dog, a mutant specially bred to fight little children, who met his destiny on Evia...' An Englishman and a Greek village bond over bottles of ouzo, whisky and wine; finding each other sometimes bizarre, often baffling - yet always entertaining. Here is timeless, rural Greece - catch it before it goes.

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Author information

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'.

Review quote

"It's All Greek to Me!' is John Mole's gentle tale of converting a stone ruin into a family home on the island of Evia, a fabulous insight into Hellenic village life.' -Book of the Week, Daily Express 'Anecdotes come thick and fast... Mole's affable style suits the subject, and his self-deprecatory tone is a bonus.' -The Good Book Guide 'John Mole writes with clarity, honesty and humour...whether you are new to the country or share Mole's passion for all things Greek, this book offers an entertaining glimpse of life in rural Greece.' -Saga Travellers News "It's All Greek to Me!' represents travel writing at its best. Mole's descriptions of the people and places he encounters do for Greece what Peter Mayle did for France in his bestselling 'A Year in Provence' and Frances Mayes for 'Italy in Under the Tuscan Sun'.'" 'A wonderful book about Greece, the Greek people and transitional island life with hilariously recounted misadventures. Mole is a brilliant comic writer - and generous humorist as well, for he doesn't just sketch the various mad characters and situations he encounters, he lampoons himself first and foremost.' -Greece in Print