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John Manuel
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Book Description

22 Nov 2010
Part three of a trilogy of memoirs spanning not only almost forty years of visiting Greece, but also five years of living there. As with the first two books in the "Ramblings" series, this is packed with laughs and even a few tears as the reader is taken on the usual roller coaster ride through the author's amazing experiences of the sunshine country.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: (22 Nov 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1446647099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446647097
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 728,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Manuel has lived on the island of Rhodes since 2005. His Greek experience began after a chance meeting with a half-Greek girl in a bar in his home town of Bath, UK during the 1970's. What began as an antipathy developed into a tolerance and finally blossomed into a love for his mother-in-law's country. His visits to Greece [prior to moving there] have been myriad during the almost four decades of marriage, many having been made as family visits rather than as a tourist. This perspective gives him an understanding of the Greek psyche that shines through his insightful and frequently funny accounts about such visits, most of which feature in the first volume of his "Ramblings From Rhodes", FETA COMPLI!

John was a graphic designer in the UK for most of his career, his wife latterly becoming his partner in their business. His contributions to "GREECE" magazine in the UK were popular, but that excellent and much-missed publication met its end when the financial crash of 2008 led to a drying up of its main source of advertising income, Greek Real Estate Agents.

The four "Ramblings From Rhodes" books are personal, episodic accounts of all kinds of people, places and things that he's encountered and experienced in every corner of his adopted country, although the last two, "Tzatziki For You to Say" and "A Plethora of Posts" are mainly about daily life year-round on Rhodes. John's popular blog all about life on Rhodes is here:

John Manuel now lives with his wife Yvonne [Maria to her Greek friends] in the south of the island of Rhodes and enjoys the outdoors, writing and interacting with travellers and tourists. He is a self-confessed "Mac-anorak" and also loves blues, folk, reggae and progressive rock music. He also fancies himself as a bit of a Greek dancer. His wife, though, tends to disagree.

Regarding his "memoir" books he says:
"I do not profess to be a literary genius. I don't have any delusions about creating a literary classic in travel writing. My books are snapshots. They're intended to give the reader a series of moments, glimpses perhaps, of the Greek experience from someone who's come to this country from a typical English background; someone who was fortunate enough to have met and married a girl whose heritage goes back to 1940s Athens, whose relatives even now enthrall and fascinate her inexperienced husband.

My books could well be described as photo albums in words: a day spent in an olive grove during December, becoming acquainted not simply with the brutality of the work that is the olive harvest, but with the mind of a Greek man who is of the land and of the fabric of rural Greece; an evening passed at a taverna under a sparkling Greek night sky with fascinating company, perhaps you get the picture.

I don't largely tell a chronological story, I give my reader a brief vacation. He or she will hopefully be both spurred to think about going to the place they've just read about, or to feel uplifted by a short tale of one person's experience of a culture and country that once was totally unknown to him, foreign in the essential sense of the word and yet has become as familiar as that favourite old cardigan, jacket or pair of slippers.

Don't read my work, my "Ramblings", expecting a thriller, a storyline, a novel or a moral. Read them to perhaps have a chuckle, or a glimpse into something and somewhere that broadens your own view of a country with a history and outlook on life that is quite unique on this diverse planet of ours.

Some travel books are crammed with dry history and facts about places. They read more like reference books and perhaps, if viewed as such, have their merits. I prefer my travel reading to connect to living people, to impart feelings and interaction among human beings as they encounter one another, often unexpectedly, yet the result being a new friendship formed, a new thing learned, a new experience gained.

I may never become a household name. Yet judging from most of the feedback which I receive from my readers the world over, I am connecting to something within them.

There can be no greater feeling of satisfaction for a writer."

In early 2013 John Manuel's first novel "The View From Kleoboulos" became available on Amazon as both a paperback and a Kindle download. The book's title refers to an ancient tomb situated on the headland across the bay from the beautiful village of Lindos on the Greek island of Rhodes. The tomb plays a significant role in the outworking of the events in the story.

The author himself is a Thomas Hardy fan and likes to feel that the book could best be described as "21st century Hardy", since the story is a very human one of misunderstandings and their consequences, which include heartbreak and tragedy. It's a tale in which the reader will hopefully engage with the main characters, all of whom are like the little humans that the ancient Greek Gods would play with at whim. The plight of the "human condition" and how it can defeat people who try to make something of their lives ought to strike a chord with one and all. The book's many twists will also keep the reader guessing right until the final few pages.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Greece 22 Feb 2014
By Susan H
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More adventures and enjoyable reminiscences of places we have visited too!Plus an insight into the pros and cons of living in Greece!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tzatziki fragments 13 Oct 2013
By Janie S
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Unlike Feta and Moussaka, this book is more about odd bits from the past and not a tale of current life, but that in no way detracts from either the humour or the interest. I enjoyed it, and will read the rest of his books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not his best book 16 Jun 2013
By Frem
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Ramblings from Rhodes is very apt for this book. The author certainly goes on and on about petty and boring things. He dedicates a whole chapter on something that is not relevant to the general gist of the book. Having red his previous two books, I was looking forward to this one but I have to say I was disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good read 7 Jun 2013
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i have always loved Greece and dreamt of living there but it'll never happen. never mind, enjoyed reading of his exploits with the neighbours and his travels to other parts of Greece as well
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4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing read 1 Jun 2013
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I enjoyed reading this before,during and after (too much to do!) our trip to a greek island. It did make me laugh out loud at various times and was set at just the right tone. A good holiday read.
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I live in Greece on an island near Rhodes, where author John Manuel has made his home for many years now, and I found this collection of writings about life in Greece completely entertaining and full of useful and interesting information on cultural nuances and everything from cheap and simple ways to keep pests off your fruit trees to a poignant assessment of the true cost of cheap all-inclusive holidays for both the locals and the consumer. You gain an insight into the very rewarding life he and his half-Greek wife have built in a quiet part of Rhodes, yet each of the short chapters works as a stand-alone piece. I found the final quarter of the book an ideal way to pass the late-night ferry journey from Rhodes to Tilos last night! I managed to buy my Kindle copy for the price of a coffee, so you can't say fairer than that. I'll certainly be buying other books in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very momentus 12 Feb 2013
By Kate
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Having been in Greece many times before, everything John talks about in the book is exactly true, even the way of life there. (I am in Greece at the moment).
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