Blue Skies and Black Olives : A Survivor's Tale of Housebuilding and Peacock Chasing in Greece, Paperback Book

Blue Skies and Black Olives : A Survivor's Tale of Housebuilding and Peacock Chasing in Greece Paperback

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It was a moment of mad impulse when John Humphrys decided to buy a semi-derelict cottage and a building site on a plot of land overlooking the Aegean.

After all, his son Christopher was already raising his family there so he would help build the beautiful villa that would soon rise there. What could possibly go wrong? Everything. John was to spend much of the next four years regretting his moment of madness Sometimes comic, at other times infuriating, here father and son tell a story by turns hilarious and revealing about a country that intrigues and infuriates in equal measure.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 8pp colour photos
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780340978849

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It's the classic "woe is me" dinner party tale of red tape and builders that don't show up, set in Greece. But John Humprys redefines the concept "Whingeing Pom". Vestigial colonial superiority feelings or just insular stubbornness leave this man unable to deal with emotions, be it those of others (especially when confounded by cultural or language differences) or his own. He repeatedly quotes his own sarcastic rants, which paint a very unattractive personality. Just as well then that his sonn who seems to be a well-adjusted and culturally more sensitive person, intervenes now and then. Conclusion: rather unpleasant, and certainly not what the cover would have you believe..

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