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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale; Reprint edition (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849531684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849531689
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Displays genuine empathy with his surroundings, an infectious admiration for ancient Greek culture, and occasional flashes of wry wit, to provide a memorably satisfying read." --"Bookseller"

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Edward Enfield has been a columnist for The Oldie magazine since 1992, has written for publications including the Daily Express, The Guardian and The Sunday Telegraph, and has appeared on television in Watchdog,the BBC's Holiday programme, Points of View and The Heaven and Earth Show. He lives in West Sussex.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By b on 28 May 2009
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An agreeable and pleasant account of two journeys by bicycle around Greece. Edward Enfield is equally fascinated by the classical history of Greece as he is by the more modern developments. His account is humourous without ever becoming mocking or condescending. I enjoyed his travels around the Peloponnese more than his second trip although I have decided I have to visit Arta one day. What I like about his writing is that Enfield seems to present the idea of a 69 year old cycling around Greece as a perfectly normal occurence, nothing special, just a whim that anybody could do if they really wanted. He seems to inspire kindness and generosity wherever he goes. I'd like to know how many people were able to find such good deals on accomodation!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BRCH on 18 Sept. 2012
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Thoroughly enjoyable, Reminded me of the days I spent in Greece in 1946 and again in the 1960s. Would that I was young and fit enough to follow in Edward Enfield's
steps to-day.
B.Harrison
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Brewin on 7 Sept. 2009
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If you are thinking of travelling around Greece or Greek Islands this book is well worth a read before you begin. Mr Enfield travels around on his bicylce and tells us of his encounters along the way. Very funny and informative with maps at the front so that you can visualise his progress. This man at the time of travelling round greece was 70 years old, so it may inspire you to follow in his bicyle steps and follow suit. He would be interested if it does inspire anyone to do it. You can find him on the web, he is Harry Enfield's dad. He was inspired by the likes of Byron who travelled round Greece when he was in his early 20's, though not by bike, most of his journey was done on horseback.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 2003
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There are many books written by those who have gone to live in Spain, Italy, France etc but I have not been able to track down any about life after moving to Greece. I stumbled across the author's book whilst on my search for such a book and what a find.
The writing is perceptive, witty and most of all makes you feel that you want to get on your bike and make the journey yourself.
The author's son Harry may be the most famous member of the Enfield family but if the author continues to write such excellent travellogues I fear that may not be the case for long!
Can't wait for his next book!
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A wry humorous account of a 70 year old English gentleman on two wheels in Greece with plenty of local colourful descriptions. Things happen on a bike like no other means of travelling around and there are plenty of instances of serendipity and chance encounter which throw the people and places of Greece into a positive and happy light. Greece and the Greeks come across as generally fair, helpful, generous and enthusiastic, though I would have enjoyed a more detailed appreciation of the landscape and its beauty especially on the coast, though the author comes across as a likeable guide. And what a guide! He seems to have covered every square centimetre of the Greek topsoil on his bike...it certainly lives up to its title, it includes areas where one would think because of the terrain, cycling was impractical.

The narrative is neatly interspersed with background info, historical and literary, details about the places and functional items such as accommodation and meals. And because all of this is done exploring on a bicycle there is a real sense of enjoyment and excitement that you simply do not get from any other form of transport. The car and train journey is entirely superficial, while to my mind walking too slow, especially in the mediterranean heat, so this book is lively and interesting on every page and never drags....like a good downhill ride. An excellent bedtime book as well to be devoured in chunks.

However, Mr Enfield is primarily a pragmatic man and his book concerns itself with the practicalities of his trip first and foremost. And though the book would undoubtedly inspire some readers to follow in his tracks what you get here is a broad picture that tends to gloss over the physically challenging nature of the Greek terrain: Greece is NOT a cycling nation.
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By JulianA on 13 Jan. 2013
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There has to be two parts to this review: the seller and the book.

The seller is great - the book is in perfect condition and arrived promptly: no problems there.

As to the book: well... It's fine as far as it goes. It covers an area of Greece that we know very well and love, and it evoked some lovely memories, however Edward Enfield is not a very sociable traveller and seems to want to avoid contact with people as far as possible. Travel and travel books for me are about getting under the skin of the place and understanding how it works, so I think he missed some opportunities.

Also, and this is a big negative for me, he doesn't like Patrick Leigh Fermor's writing, which I love. This bit is obviously VERY subjective and perhaps I'm just an intellectual snob, but it did detract from my enjoyment of the book. I bought it because one of my best mates recommended it - and I enjoyed it subject to these caveats, but I'll probably stick with PLF (and Colin Thubron, Robert Byron, William Dalrymple et al) in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By new horizons on 1 July 2012
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again a joy to read.a simple tale told in a simple way.i think he has flair for writing about being overseas.some people would disagree perhaps they should stick to the classics like lliad! etc.etc.i enjoyed every page on holiday and will read it again just like any book classical or not.
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