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It's All Greek to Me! A Tale of a Mad Dog and an Englishman, Ruins, Retsina - and Real Greeks
It's All Greek to Me! A Tale of a Mad Dog and an Englishman, Ruins, Retsina - and Real Greeks
by John Mole
Edition: Paperback

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Greek Classic, 3 Aug. 2004
John Mole's account of his family's struggle to set up home in a Greek ruin in the 1960s and 70s provides a hilarious and lavishly drawn portrait of Greek life; the English struggle to fit in; and the perils of both parenthood and DIY.
Full to bursting with anecdotes of varying comic value, this book acts both as warning and temptation to the lover of Greece as Mole persevers in creating his Greek 'idyll'. Engagingly written and affectionately drawn, the efforts of both Brits (downing Ouzo at 10am) and Greeks (turfing a tiny, parched lawn)to behave like 'Europeans' provide an endearing and unfailingly entertaining read.
Perfect for the holidaymaker - particularly those who dream of finding a little Greek idyll of their own - but who may, after reading this book, decide to buy in their rooftiles...


Sex Education
Sex Education
by Janni Visman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An education in itself, 26 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Sex Education (Hardcover)
My best mate bought this novel for me, and I think that it's a great present for a female friend - whether to remind them of how great you are or to make a point if they're not!
Charting the 'twisted' friendship between Maddy and Selina it covers the very best and the very worst aspects of female friendships in all their glory. From childhood through adolescence to adulthood Janni Visman perfectly captures the intense love, bitter jealousy and the vicious streak that runs through the characters' relationship, taking in myriad rites of passage and life experiences along the way.
However, it is much more than a coming of age story; it has a depth of subject and style that makes for a deeply moving book, much too accomplished to be categorised as 'chick lit'.
If you've ever had a close female friend, or ever had one of those female 'friendships' based on bitter rivalry, this is the book for you. Clever, creative and thoroughly enjoyable.
Highly recommended.


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