John Manuel's website: http://johnphilipmanuel.wix.com/works
John Manuel has lived on Rhodes since 2005. His Greek experience began after he met and married a half-Greek girl in his home town of Bath, UK during the 1970's. He soon developed a love for his mother-in-law's country. 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 Greece, 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: http://ramblingsfromrhodes.blogspot.com
Regarding his "memoir" books he says:
"My books are snapshots 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. They could well be described as photo albums in words.
I don't largely tell a chronological story, I give the reader a brief vacation in which they 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 a culture and country that once was totally unknown to the author and yet has become as familiar as that favourite old cardigan, jacket or pair of slippers.
Don't read 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. 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."
The most recent non-fiction book from John is "A Jay in the Jacaranda Tree", a no-holds-barred look at over ten years of living in Greece during an extremely unstable period in her economic history.
John has also written four works of fiction, "The View From Kleoboulos", "A Brief Moment of Sunshine", "Eve of Deconstruction" and the most recent "Sometime You Just Can't Tell".
He also runs a reading group on Facebook for all lovers of things Greek, it's called "A Good Greek Read".