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Things Can Only Get Feta: Two journalists and their crazy dog living through the Greek crisis
 
 

Things Can Only Get Feta: Two journalists and their crazy dog living through the Greek crisis [Kindle Edition]

Marjory McGinn
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An honest view of 'away-from-it-all' life in Greece today, as seen through the refreshingly unblinkered eyes of a very gifted author. An engaging, humour-spiced book that entertains and informs in equal measure. Highly recommended. --Peter Kerr, bestselling author of 'Snowball Oranges'

Marjory McGinn's laconic wit and delightful style brings the herb infused landscape of the Mani to life with a joyous ease… --Harry Bucknall, author of 'In the Dolphin s Wake'

Things Can Only Get Feta is an easy read in the very best sense, but its simplicity belies the deep insight it gives into the complexities of life in Greece and the often misunderstood nature of its people. --Richard Clark, author of the Greek Notebook series

Whether you know Greece or not you will enjoy the adventures of these intrepid travellers and the descriptions of the places they visit. Their various scrapes are recounted with wit and verve and the writing style is extremely accessible. --Gillian Bouras, award-winning Australian author of Aphrodite and the Others

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For two British journalists, embarking on a year’s adventure in Greece just as the country faces economic collapse seems foolhardy. But when they also decide to take their adored but crazy Jack Russell, called Wallace, to a crisis-weary country with zero dog tolerance, the adventure seems like madness...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 774 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Bene Factum Publishing (1 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0UXSBU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Marjory McGinn was born in Perth, Scotland and moved to Australia as a child, which later fuelled a passion for travel and writing. She became a journalist and wrote features for a popular Sunday newspaper in Sydney. Her most memorable interview was with famous Aussie cricketer Shane Warne who threw bread rolls across a restaurant to illustrate his amazing spin-bowling techniques, and brought the place to a standstill.

Returning to Scotland in 2000, she worked as a freelancer and stories have appeared in newspapers including The Times, The Daily Mail and Scotland's The Herald. In 2010, Marjory set off for Greece with her partner and famously crazy dog, Wallace, for an adventure in the southern Peloponnese. It lasted three years, during the economic crisis, and was the basis for Things Can Only Get Feta. Marjory's adventures are also charted on her blog http://www.bigfatgreekodyssey.com/blog And for book news:
http://www.facebook.com/ThingsCanOnlyGetFeta

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad dogs and...err...Scotsmen... 22 Sep 2013
By Pip H
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This planet can get tiresome when every Amazon village, Turkish bazaar and Inuit skidoo is infested with some celebrity or other experiencing staged stunts on our behalf.
It's not that I'm not grateful for their slapping a whole world of culture between two halves of a bap for our easy consumption.
But in an age when it is trendy to talk of global villages and Karl Pilkington, sometimes the palate can get a little too accustomed to stale cheese slices.
So thank God for feta.
And mouldy cow bones and swirling incense and goat turds.
The author does not set out to do more than record a year in rural Greece, but what an engaging escape it is from the sanitised polystyrene of celeb TV travelogues.
Marjory McGinn - with her convivial style and just enough leftfield wit to keep readers on their toes - reminds us that life, language and love can only be richly experienced with boots (and paws) on the ground.
And it's that truth which makes this immensely likeable memoir such compelling reading.
More than simple places and faces, it's a tale of human fears, friendships and foibles against a backdrop of enticing kafenion culture but the disorientation of a fiendish foreign tongue and startlingly alien customs.
The author pulls no punches and yet the book retains a warm optimism and sunny lightness which, I'd imagine, would make it an ideal beach read.
(And, as a sucker for Jack Russells, Wallace's prickly presence is the dog biscuit on the cake for me!)
Did I fall head-over-heels for Greece? Can't say that I did.
But, as all good books do, flipping the final page stirred a restlessness to experience more of the wide world for oneself.
Terrific.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A re Elladitsa! 15 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback
As a Brit/Greek this book was always going to sit well with me. As a freelance journalist myself, with a penchant for the sublime horizons of Greece's sunset as an "office" backdrop and a huge soft spot for the Greek community lifestyle, Marjory's adventure stirred a misty eyed longing for me to do the same.

Even if you don't already have an informed understanding of the Greek idiosyncrasies and cultural habits which are very distinct, you won't be alienated with this book because there's always an explanation or British perspective framing all the experiences. What was hilarious for me was to read about the local reactions in Greek. Because I know how easy it is to mix up words in Greek (I had massive struggles during my youth trying to master the zillion ways to write the letter 'e' or conjugating the 7 syllable verbs) Marjory and Jim's run in with linguistic slip ups were comedy gold for me. I take my hat off to them though because it's a very intimidating language and for them to go head forth and make every effort (Angeliki's cafe...Wallace, the good "angouri" moment...tears, so many tears with this one!) to adapt and they did so successfully is something to commend because most Brits go and create their own Britain away from home but they didn't.

As they journey around the Mani and it's vicinity, Marjory details their trips with lots of historical insight tied in with their very funny Wallace related challenges and encounters with the ever so unpredictable but ultimately friendly Greek folk. Marjory's adeptness at humour is winning, especially in this very Greek context.
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When I came across this book title, I recalled a stand-up comedy presented in the 2013 Fringe Edinburgh Festival under the title “Feta with the Queen”, by the London based Katerina Vrana, and the good laugh and fun we had with its witty and humorous approach to stereotypes, relating to Greece or the U.K., when one crosses borders.

This book provides a very different, though quite rewarding, perspective of the well-illustrated experiences of two British journalists who resolved to relocate themselves and their little dog from a Scottish village to a village in the hills of Mani, in Southern Peloponnese,Greece, in May 2010. They conceived it to be “… a year’s sun kissed adventure” and an attempt to … escape from a deep British recession, especially in the newspaper industry. They were aware at the time that “… negative stories on Greece were not in short supply”. They believed, though, that they would be based in Southern Peloponnese safely away from “ … the vortex of angry protests” which mostly affected the center of Athens, near the Parliament.

This is not probably a book for someone who wishes to have a carefree all-inclusive holiday or for running a holiday in a cosmopolitan style. Even to them, though, the book may provide good insight into cultural perceptions or misunderstandings and appreciation of virtues or vicissitudes in Greece.
It is an excellent induction for all those who may consider staying or touring the Mani part of Southern Peloponnese or any comparable part of Greece, such as the hills in Naxos or in Crete or even green Skopelos. The penetrating eye of the author points out to the reader the hilarious pitfalls that lie ahead of the unwary in terms of attitudes of ordinary locals in the Greek countryside.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great to get the feel for Greek village life
I'm Greek American and came across this book while I was searching for a book to learn more about my grandfather's experiences in his village during the German occupation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SHarris
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all lovers of Greece and the Greek ...
A must for all lovers of Greece and the Greek way of life! One mad mutt and his crazy antics have you laughing, you can just imagine what the locals thought when he first came into... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Camera Shy
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Badly written and not very funny.
Published 1 month ago by M J Ogden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A delightful book. A must read.
Published 1 month ago by emily bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful, quaint portrayal of rural life in Greece
I absolutely loved this book! It’s a delightful, humorous account of life in rural Greece, as it’s perceived through the eyes of two Scots who decide to spend a year in a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars PLEASANT ENOUGH
An untaxing, vaguely pleasant little jaunt through the Peleponnese. A reasonable holiday read but nothing desperately exciting or likely to draw you back for a second read.
Published 3 months ago by HSBC
5.0 out of 5 stars We love Greece
We love Northern Greece and this book is so typical of the local Greeks in the villages we know. Enjoying this book immensly and we are looking forward to our visit soon.
Published 3 months ago by kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
A truly heartwarming tale of two Scots (and a dog) who relocated to the Mani region of Greece - initially for one year. Read more
Published 4 months ago by SimonMonger
4.0 out of 5 stars GREECE AGAIN.
Have just started to read this book and it appears to b very enjoyable. Having been ,on holidays, in Greece for many many years we know some of our way around but not being Greek,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. S. J. Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Honest
I would rate the story itself as approx 80 to 85 out of a hundred. The five stars are because not only was it well written grammatically, but also, there is not one spelling... Read more
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