Or something for the summer, depending on where you are. I had a quick look around to see if I could find you some winter reading and came up with the following ideas:
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The View from Kleoboulos - John Manuel[/caption]
How about one of the books by Rhodes author John Manuel
? You could try his novel, ‘The View from Kleoboulos
’ “In this, John Manuel's first full-length novel after having written four very successful travel memoirs about Greece, he again takes the reader into the tiny whitewashed streets of the village of Lindos on the island of Rhodes. Dean and Alyson are two young people who come together in a bar one evening in their home city of Bath, UK. Alyson's mother once worked with Brian, a musician who never quite "made it", but ends up playing guitar and singing in a Lindian Bar. Quite how Brian and Christine (Alyson's mother) come to have a devastating effect on their daughter's relationship with the man of her dreams will have you gripped, both with emotion and with intrigue. A real page-turner, the perfect holiday read, "The View From Kleoboulos" is Thomas Hardy for the 21st century. Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you, but occasionally it comes back to bite.”
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Feta Compli - John Manuel[/caption]
But if you are more interested in the travel memoirs, and assuming you already have ‘Symi 85600’, ‘Carry on up the Kali Strata’ and ‘Village View’, then you might like to check out what it’s like to move to and live in Rhodes. ‘Feta Compli
’ is John’s first book in his series of three, and you only need to click the link to find the Amazon page about it. "This memoir/travel book is a slight but rollicking account of two love affairs; the first being an account of the writer's happy marriage with his wife, Yvonne-Marie. The second is of their decades-long flirtation with the country of Greece, where her family originated.” (Amazon review) By the way, that link should also take you to a list of John’s other memoir books down the page, and they are soon to be added to our Symi book shop which you can find here: http://astore.amazon.co.uk/symdre-21
(click to the Rhodes books department.)
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My mother’s cooking” by Nora N. Katsourakis[/caption]
And, while you are ordering them and settling in for some winter sun at home while reading about Rhodes, Symi and Greece, you might like to have something simmering in the pot in the kitchen. I've no idea about this next book, but if you get a copy or have one, feel free to let me know what you think of the recipes. It’s called “My mother’s cooking
” and is by Nora N. Katsourakis who I believe has a Symi connection.
Or, as a parting shot, how about ‘Mythology and Meatballs
’ by Daniel Spoerri? The hardback of this book shows an image of Symi, and the subheading reads ‘A Greek island diary/cookbook’ though I have to admit, I've not read it.
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‘Mythology and Meatballs’ by Daniel Spoerri[/caption]
So, there are a few ideas for you, some things to pop into your basket or wish list to see you through coming winter months. As for me, I am still ploughing through ‘The Goldfinch’, only a few more hundred pages to go. Happy reading!
Oh –and if you have a book about Symi or Greece, or have a novel, cookbook, travel book etc. that features the island, or Greece, or know of any and think they should get a wider audience, drop me a line and I’ll add it to our store and give it a mention here.