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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492710032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492710035
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a bouzouki-loving father hailing from Greece and a ballerina mother with roots as mixed as a tequila sunrise, Ekaterina Botziou grew up with a very confused identity indeed.

Born in Leigh-on-Sea, England, she spent her formative years learning that every word comes from the Greek language and that no other nation compares to the might of the Hellenic realm.

After studying Law at University College London, she signed with an acting agency and worked on several Hollywood films and British television productions, donning dodgy wigs and smelly costumes while moonlighting as a PA.

Now living in Wimbledon, Ekaterina continues to dabble in the showbiz industry while juggling a full time job in finance alongside her writing. She writes for various European and British publications and is also the founder of The Greek Wives Club; a worldwide networking group for all the wives / girlfriends / partners / friends of Greek men, to promote their businesses and share their experiences of life with a Spartan ape.

www.ekaterinabotziou.com

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About the Author

With a father hailing from Greece and a mother with roots as mixed as a tequila sunrise, Ekaterina Botziou grew up with a very confused identity. Born in Leigh-on-Sea, England, she spent her formative years learning that every word comes from the Greek language. After studying Law at University College London, she signed with an acting agency and worked on several films and television productions, donning dodgy wigs and smelly costumes while moonlighting as a PA. Now living in Wimbledon, Ekaterina also writes for various London and foreign publications and is the founder of The Greek Wives Club; a place for all the wives / girlfriends / partners / friends of Greek men, who may not even be Greek themselves, to come together and share their experiences of life with a Spartan ape. www.ekaterinabotziou.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Haigh on 18 Dec. 2013
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I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of this book in a goodreads.com first reads giveaway. What a treat it was to read. The author's bubbly personality shows through the writing. There was even humour in the inside cover page eg. where it normally says 'This book is fictional, any resemblance etc.....' -in this one it says 'This book is FACT. Names, characters and events are all true. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or locale is NOT a coincidence' -well this had me laughing before I had even started the book! Chapter headings are ingenious, this really adds to the whole package for me; This Is A Greek Man's World, If I Were A Greek Man, Forever and Ever, hints at songs, theming the book, it all adds up to a very polished and well presented book. This isn't a novel or a memoir but it is light-hearted look at life in a Greek family living in England and their various traditions and quirks. Funny and informative, it is quite wonderful. It's quite a short book, 200 pages, but Ekaterina manages to say so much in so few words and there's so many funny anecdotes. My absolute favourite chapter was the one where she described their annual holidays in Greece. A fabulous chapter, the book is great for this chapter alone. Here are experiences, jokey observations, poems, stories and recipes. Even the titles for the chapters are well thought out and this all adds up to a great presentation. Highly accurate too. Congratulations on an excellent book.
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Ekaterina Botziou's colourful depiction of her family, her childhood memories, going on holiday to Greece, and her marriage to a Greek-Cypriot man afford an enjoyable and entertaining read.

I found the stories relating to her father particularly amusing, especially the time he '...decided to drill some air holes into one of those big plastic shoe boxes...he managed to drill a hole right through a pair of my sister's favourite...knee-high boots'. I was able to contrast my experiences in having a father who is a perfectionist with excellent DIY skills. I was also touched by one of her comments where she states: 'I honestly believe that having daughters first before a son softened my father a great deal'. I believe my Greek-Cypriot father was greatly influenced in his views by having three daughters as he instilled career aspirations and the importance of academic qualifications in his daughters. Therefore, I was able to compare and contrast my experiences with those of the writer.

Ekaterina Botziou's 'Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing' is written with skill, humour and wit; she is clearly a talented writer and I look forward to reading her next book.
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This book makes you want to crack open the Oozo and remember those sunny days spent on a Greek beach in your teenage years and ponder what life might have been had you taken up that gorgeous local bar man's offer! What a hoot this book is, exploring the life of one half-Greek lady who after a lifetime living with a Greek father goes on to marry her very own Greek man, although one she must surely be able to mold into her own fashion, given her feisty, gutsy personality that shines through each page. Ekaterina has a great sense of humor and a great talent for exploring deep into the pysche of the Southern Mediterranean male and what life was like when she visited as a child, both bemused and alarmed at the difference in culture and her dad once he touched Greek soil. With its recipes and phrase list, all that is missing is a list of the best beaches not mentioned in the guidebooks. A definite read for anyone with the tiniest connection to Greece or who pines after those days when gorgeous dark haired, beefy young Greek men smiled at you. And certainly obligatory reading for all Greek men!
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Described as part memoir, part rant and part survival guide.
I was intrigued to read Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing.

Now I will clarify, I'm not in a relationship with a Greek man or any man for that fact (bitter singleton alert)
So please don't think that this book is only for people in a relationship.
For it will make you cry with laughter.

Ekaterina writes with a wonderful style that makes you feel as though you are talking to her over a glass of ouzo.
You are soon picturing the red ape and hiding behind mountains of food, whilst learning about not just Greek men and their faith but also the closeness of families.

I loved the memories that are shared with us and there are delicious sounding recipes too.
It really is a truly wonderful witty read.
I've already been recommending this to friends and I'm highly recommending it to you all too.

With or without a Greek man in your life, you should read this book!
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'Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing' is a wonderful book. My first introduction to Greek life was through a friend of my daughter. I enjoyed their hospitality and the home cooked Greek meals. One of my favourite books which I re-read often is Gerald Durrell's `My Family and Other Animals' which is the story of his five-year sojourn with his family on the Greek island of Corfu. Ekaterina Botziou's blog is one I enjoy reading for its wit and wisdom and the insight she has into Greek life. So I had to read her very funny book: `Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing'. This book can sit happily alongside Durrell's great work of comic writing, it is as funny, charming and bewitching. The reader is transported to the author's world and her Greek heritage. It gave me a feeling of sunshine, happiness and family.

Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing' is a five star book.

Elise McCune
Writer, Australia
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