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Kalami Where the Sea Shrugs its Shoulders [Kindle Edition]

D.J. Smithers
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a small north eastern corner of Corfu lies the beautiful little bay of Kalami. Steep olive and cypress wooded slopes sweep down to meet the blue Ionian sea and Grecian style villas, resplendent in bougainvillea and plumbago, mingle between the trees. Old and new fuse together in what was once a fishing village but is now a haven for those seeking tranquillity and solace. Fishing boats and yachts anchor in its bay while the well-heeled and the once-a-year traveller find common ground amid its charm and serenity. Unlikely friendships are bonded over carafes of retsina and Greek hospitality among the three tavernas hugging the small beach. Laughter and amity are the order of the day here. After just a short time you're not just staying in Kalami, you become part of it. Its beauty, its charm, its quietude seeps into your being, bringing you back time after time.

Our visits to Kalami have exposed us to a richness of life, to a people that have little but give a lot. We have met many characters on our sojourns; some unusual, some eccentric, some embarrassing, all enlightening. We have witnessed many amusing events through our stays from an inebriated ranting Scotsman to a wayward donkey, from an over amorous dog to suicidal coach drivers. And, as much as we want to keep Kalami to ourselves, we also want others to experience the scenarios and odd-balls that we have. And yes, there is an explanation for the title.

What started off as a chance recommendation from a friend has now turned into a love affair, one which we cannot envisage ever ending for Kalami is part of us and we of it.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481053086
  • Publisher: D.J.Smithers (11 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TLEQBC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #222,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I've never had any formal training as a writer, I had no interest in English at school or any other subject come to think of it. Consequently I left in 1971 without any qualifications. I've had a number of differing jobs since then including cabinet maker, handyman, poll tax recovery officer and gardener to name a few. I also taught martial arts, trained as a bodyguard and have been lucky enough to train with some special forces personnel. I wrote my first book '36" or Bust' back in 1991 after completing the Pennine Way but in those days you had to send your book to a publisher for their consideration. Unfortunately it was rejected and lived in the back of my draw till 2012. My second book 'Kalami' was an amalgamation of incidents and anecdotes collected over the course of nine years of visiting Corfu. Nothing was ever written down and I never had any intention of writing a book. After reading an article in a magazine about self-publishing while on the holiday from hell in La Palma I decided to put to paper the memories of those nine years and the book was born.

Although 'Kalami' has a limited readership it sold very well and is still selling. This inspired me to upload the Pennine Way book and that took off too. Off the back of this success I was urged by my wife to write something else but I can only write from experience. After many months of waiting for inspiration I suddenly hit on the idea for Sports Day while listening to England beat Australia in the Ashes in 2013 and used my knowledge and experiences to form the story of a psychopath who kills sports losers. Not that I've ever killed anybody! but my knowledge of hand-to-hand combat gave the killer his skills.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Suzie Q
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I love the island of Corfu and have been there and other greek islands many times. I have recently read 'good morning corfu' by David A Ross which was a good read. I bought 'Kalami where the sea shrugs its shoulders' anticipating more insight into corfu history and culture... i was sadly disappointed; it is absolutely atrocious. Who on earth would be interested in what the author and his wife Julie ate for dinner? The fact that they were too full up to finish their meal and then a description of their leftovers... "our side order of courgette fritters definitely caused consternation between us. Could we, should we finish it all? ...(the suspense was killing me) "by the end of the repast was left a handful of chips and half the fritters remained untouched..." Absolute unrivalled boring drivel... the poorest excluse for a book Ive ever ever read (hence I dont usually review but felt compelled to). This is just not worth reading, its boring and poorly written, I felt like the thesaurus was the authors best friend whilst writing the book... no other words but ultra tedius, watch paint drying,watch grass growing boring. If you want to read a book about the culture of the island and some local history and knowledge read the aforementioned book... if you want to read about a boring guys description of their boring package holiday then read this. As for the reviewers that said this was a good read.... i think they are relatives of the author... only possible explanation. NB i read to chapter four and if i didnt have a kindle Id have set fire to it.... Absolute waste of money
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars why did DJ Smithers bother 25 April 2013
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having started the book it soon became apparent that this book is a very amateurish attempt at literature, the whole book revolves around the author recalling minute by minute meal by meal conversation by conversation holidays he had taken in Corfu.
I continued to read this trash in the hope that something of interest to me the reader would be recalled but no, it contains from page one until the last self indulgent page nothing of any substance,
I equate it to being invited around for nibbles and a cup of tea with boring neighbours to watch videos of their last 3 holidays in the same hotel same resort same tavernas and how many of you would sign up for that least alone pay for it like I mistakenly did.

As above why did he bother/
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A boring travalogue 6 Feb. 2014
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Just a holiday diary and not very interesting either. Kalami deserves better. Not really worth one star but gave it one for effort.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Should be called Thomas' bay 31 Aug. 2012
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Decent first effort, parts of the book describe the atmosphere Kalami well but there is much more to this great place than one taverna. Rather narrow minded in it's content, and a few niggling errors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Kalami lovers :-) 23 April 2015
By Karen S
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Having read this a few times on my Kindle, I purchased this book for our friends' Silver
Wedding 'Greek Hamper' which I prepared along with a Greek Taverna cd and various
other Greek items. No-one is saying this is a literary masterpiece, but all of us
'Kalami' lovers (including our friends) - this is a lovely little trip around the area that we
can identify with, getting us ready for our next holiday to the special place :-).
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read! 5 Feb. 2015
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I have just finished reading this excellent little book it was very very good . Having been on holiday to kassiopi it brought back some wonderful memories . We are going to Kalami this summer and really looking forward to finding our own little piece of heaven. Thank you so much for sharing your memories with us .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kalami Tsunami 3 Sept. 2013
By nana762
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Very easy reading--collection of stories about one man's reminiscences and experiences of holidays in North East Corfu.Would appeal to people who are lovers of Kalami and this area.Thoroughly enjoyed the read and can appreciate the meaning behind the title
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3.0 out of 5 stars Making Thomas's Day! 6 Aug. 2013
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I bought this book as I love all things Corfu and have been visiting Arillas in the North West for 15 years. I found the book a quite enjoyable and easy read although as others have said, it was very much a holiday report. It did encourage us to have a day out there as I had wanted to visit 'The White House' for many years. I took the book with us and sat in Thomas's place and Thomas himself was there so we gave him the book to keep! He was delighted!
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