Blue Skies & Black Olives: A survivor's tale of housebuilding and peacock chasing in Greece (Paperback)
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Blue Skies & Black Olives: A survivor's tale of housebuilding and peacock chasing in Greece (Paperback)

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'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

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From Radio 4 presenter, bestselling author and national treasure John Humphrys, a funny and engaging memoir of building a home in Greece written together with his son Christopher.

It 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. A few minutes gazing out over the most glorious bay he had ever seen was all it took to persuade him. 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 the next three years regretting his moment of madness.

Some of it had its comic side. He learned to cope with a drunken peacock falling out of his favourite tree and even a colony of rats invading his bedroom. Some of the humans proved trickier: the old man demanding payment for olive trees in the middle of John's own land; the neighbour who dragged his lovely old fishing boat onto the beach and set fire to it after a row with his wife. And, of course, the builders. Was the plumber who electrocuted him in the shower vengeful or merely incompetent?

John learned a lot about Greece in a short time. He grew to love it and loathe it in almost equal measures, but was never for a moment bored by it. And Christopher learned a bit more about John. Their shared experience revived keen memories for him of growing up with a father for whom patience was never the strongest virtue...

Here father and son capture the idyll and the odyssey as paradise is found, lost and regained.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9780340978849
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 210 g
Dimensions: 198 x 142 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
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 *

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“Very funny laugh out loud !”

This book made me feel breathless with laughter in places . The author decides to buy a near ruin of a cottage in Greece . His son already lives out there so it will be no trouble for him to help his father build a... More

Paperback edition
30th June 2010
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“Wonderful!”

I am a big fan of all things Greek and my ultimate dream is to live there one day, so I have a love for these 'moving to Greece' memoirs and have read quite a few now. I was especially attracted to this one... More

Paperback edition
24th April 2010
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