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YANNIS (Cretan Saga Book 1)

YANNIS (Cretan Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Beryl Darby
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Product Description

A compelling and true story of a young man who is diagnosed with leprosy. He is admitted to the local hospital for treatment and subsequently transferred to the hospital in Athens. The conditions in the hospital are appalling, overcrowding, lack of amenities, poor food, and only basic medication.
The inmates finally rebel, resulting in their exile to Spinalonga, a leper colony just across the water from Yannis's home village.
This book tells the heart-rending account of his struggle for survival, his loves and losses, along with that of his family on the mainland from 1918 to 1979.
All the events that took place in the Athenian hospital and on Spinalonga are true. The characters are fictitious and there was never any question of embezzlement of hospital funds.

"What a wonderful film script this book would make."
D. Bell

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1420 KB
  • Print Length: 768 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JACH Publishing; 3rd edition (11 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XSP5QQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,290 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Thirty years ago Beryl Darby wrote the first guide book to the island of Spinalonga, which lies in the beautiful bay of Mirabello. The area has provided the backdrop for various films, T.V. series and books, including 'The Island' by Victoria Hislop. Inspired by the Cretan leprosy patient she met, Beryl wrote YANNIS, based on his true life history. YANNIS became the first book in a successful Greek saga. The eleven volume series covers the events that affect the family from 1918 up to the present day. She has an established following of readers who wait avidly for the next book to follow the fortunes of 'the family'. Beryl Darby lives in the south of England.
Beryl Darby has just published an updated guide book to Spinalonga entitled 'Spinalonga - The Lepers' Home' and will be available from 12th March 2013.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the island and more 5 Jun 2008
I have really enjoyed reading this book, I also enjoyed the Island. But I feel that although this has its romantic factor, it gives a rather more realiststic view of life on the island. The similarities between the books lead me to wonder whether Victoria Hyslop used any of Bery Darbys other book, which is the history of Spinalonga, in her novel. I have passed Yannis onto a number of friends all of whom have enjoyed it enormously. Their only critical point,one I would stress I do not share, is the sheer size of the book can be somewhat daunting, particularly as a holiday read.

Having visited Spinalonga some years ago not only attracted me Yannis, but gave me a true insight into how life must have been, for those sent to the Island - not just its size but the closeness to the mainland.

I am now reading the second in the series Anna ( I believe that there are five books in all) and am enjoying this as much as I enjoyed Yannis. I have found that like the first book it is hard to put down once started. Infact one friend liked Yannis so much she read it solidly in three days.

I believe that Beryl Darby has had to publish these books herself, and therefore, they will not necessarily get the distribution which I feel they deserve.

If you enjoyed the Island, then I think you will find this equally compeling
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars spinalonga 24 Feb 2011
By morgan1
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after reading victoria hislops book 'the island' i was interested in another book about crete and spinalonga.
unfortunately nothing could compare with The island!
i was disapointed that this book didnt pack as much of a punch as The Island.
the bones of the novel was great but unfortunately it was let down by the writing style,chopping and changing between characters.
an enjoyable read but lacking in depth.
victoria hislop is still the queen!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever 20 Oct 2008
After a visit in the summer to spinalonga. I wanted to read more about the people who lived there. Both Yannis and Anna are brilliant books to read. Well done! I look forward to YannisBeryl's next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beryl Darby 21 May 2014
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This is my second time of reading this book. It is fantastic as are all Beryl Darby books. Read all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 9 April 2014
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I loved this book from beginning to end. If you know the areas around Crete where the story is set it makes it even better. A great book to read if you have read Victorias Island. Once you read Yannis you'll want to continue with the following books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, fabulous book! 28 Jan 2014
By E. Key
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I bought this after having it recommended by our tour guide for an afternoon trip we did whilst staying in Elounda on Crete. She said that anyone who had enjoyed reading Victoria Hislop's "The Island" would absolutely love this book - and she was right! It's so much more detailed and gives you a really good insight into how harshly the lepers on Spinalonga were treated and how they eventually managed to create their own little community against all the odds, whilst at the same time being a cracking good story of one man's life. An extremely moving and inspiring book that gets you involved with Yannis and his family right from the beginning to the very end. I can't wait to start reading the next one in the series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yannis 4 Jan 2014
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I had not heard of the author Beryl Darby but had read The Island, so a friend recommend the Cretan Saga! So I purchased Yannis. I enjoyed it more than I expected as The Island was a brilliant read but this extraordinary story was captivating, I couldn't put it down. I would have given it four and a half or even five stars had it not have ended so abruptly. I highly recommend this very enjoyable book.
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The historical accuracy was so good and made the place come alive. Well written and well-constructed, it's a page-turner. Also wonderful is that it is the first of many written about the family, so it's possible to hear the story from other angles in other books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Read this book on my balcony overlooking spinalonga. I couldn't put it down, like most I read The Island in fact it was in my top ten books, I say was after reading Yannis its been... Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. Bigden
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read if you enjoyed The Island by Victoria Hislop
brilliantlly written, really tears at your heartstrings for those poor people, if you have visited spinalonga, it brings it home to you want they really went through.
Published 10 months ago by John Terence Beard
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
I recently visited to Crete and wanted to find out more about the lepers who'd been ensconced on Spinalonga and this book did just the ticket. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Miss Alexandra Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Read this whilst on holiday in Crete and visited The island of Spinlonga twice I was hooked in the facts and the fiction of the Yannis story which will stay with me for a long time... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms Rachel Housley
4.0 out of 5 stars Yvonne's sister
A fab book that I didn't want to end.
Started reading it on the beach in Plaka which made it come alive !
Just downloaded Anna
Published 10 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars A good yarn
If you are looking for a good story to take on holiday and are interested in the former leper colony of Spinalonga and its dark history then you will enjoy this book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Beatrice Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Walking in the footsteps
While on holiday in Crete it was recomended to me I read Yannis. On coming home I downloaded it to my Kindle. As an avid reader I could not put it down. Read more
Published 10 months ago by caroline ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired
After having been to Crete and Spinalonga and read The Island, I found this book really interesting and it helped to fill a few gaps........
Published 11 months ago by Mrs B L Gough
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