Thursday, 18 April 2013

Corfu: all about books

When we moved into this house on Corfu, the first thing I wanted to know more about was the bookshelf.

The house we are renting belongs to the family of a successful author, you see, and I was curious about what books would be in her Corfiot library. Especially when I discovered that, years ago, she lived in the next village to mine in Dorset. Maybe it was an omen. If I sat in her chair on a daily basis between eight thirty and one o'clock in front of my laptop, her writing prowess would rub off.

Having said that, when I went up to Mount Olympus last month, armed with pen and notepad with a view to reaching The Plateau of the Muses and the height of inspiration, I was thwarted by bad weather. Mr Grigg and I had to turn back within earshot of the Muses playing snowballs with the gods.
Huh, I thought. Another sign. So close and yet so far.

However, who can fail to be visited by the muse in this environment? The birds are trilling, the sun is shining, the primary school children are yelling and it's all so...beautiful.

And, luckily, lately, she's been a regular visitor, thankfully more a Molly Brett than a Cottingley Fairy-type muse, laughing like a swallow and saying look, it's all here, right here outside your window.
So I am hard at it, in between the painting and decorating and gazing in awe from the window at the beautiful island around me. There will be a novel coming out in the near future. But more of that in another blog post.

Anyway, I digress. The point is, when I'm in another country, I always like to read books about the place I am in.

So take a look at some of the books about Corfu and Greece, which complement perfectly the ones I brought with me. And if you have any more to add to the list, please let me know.
 
 

  
 
 
  
 
There are lots more but these are enough to be getting on with.
That's about it.

Love Maddie x

24 comments:

  1. Hi there,

    The Guide to Old Perithia, by Merchant's House Publishing, all about the history of the old village along with a self-guided walking tour.

    Available throughout the island and at Stanfords, Amazon and Waterstones in the UK...

    Nice article - how exciting to stay in a writer's home... :)

    Best

    Mark

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    1. Thanks Mark. I shall be up in Old Perithia next month so will arm myself with a copy.

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  2. Hey Maddie,
    you have some nice books ...
    and an awesome blog, congratulations!
    I liked the pictures...
    Have a nice day!

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    1. Why, thank you Gabriel. And you have such a lovely name!

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  3. I will be in the line for a copy of your Novel. I am glad it is going so well with you. Sun Touched looks interesting.
    Katie atBankerchick Scratchings

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  4. Thanks BC. I will keep you posted. Yes, I've just finished Suntouched, which was lent to me by a lady I met here. It's a true story and funny, sad and very well observed. A very interesting read.

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  5. The Papas and the Englishman is a great book.

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    1. Thanks Rachel. I have just ordered it so looking forward to that.

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  6. 'Prospero's kitchen' is back in existence thanks to a samaritan publisher. some good recipes including our own Sula's Special Chicken dish. all and any john forte writings are essential core reading.

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    1. Ooh, thanks for that. Will explore further.

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  7. Every time I come to your site, I feel as if I'm listening to a good friend. Great post.

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    1. You say the nicest things. I pop over to your site every now and then. Even thought I'm not a commenting kind of person, I am lurking. I love your writing.

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  8. i forgot to mention 'corfu blues' by jim potts. im sure you have it. i find some new reverie and inspiration every time i dip into it.

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    1. I am ashamed to say I don't have it. But that's soon remedied.

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  9. Some wonderful books there! The shelf is now waiting for yours!

    I just managed to fracture my ankle going down the path to Durdle Door. I hope it will be ok in time for the flight to Corfu.

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    1. Some people will do anything to get in front of the EasyJet queue.
      Hope you recover soon and can put your feet up.

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  10. Thanks for the tip. I'm blogging more often as I can't go anywhere right now. Another book for your list:

    "The Corfu Years" - Edward Lear, introduced and edited by Philip Sherrard.

    It may still be available in the excellent Plous Bookshop in Corfu Town, Nik. Theotoki Street. They should have a copy of my 'Corfu Blues' too! Thanks, Corfucius, for the mention.

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    1. Hope the ankle is getting better soon. Thanks for the Lear book title. I will have a look in Plous. Had a coffee in there last week, and that's where I got the Greek version of The Cat of Portovecchio by the lovely Maria Strani-Potts. Maybe you know her.

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  11. Another useful (nineteenth century) history of Corfu:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Island-Corfu-Republic-Islands/dp/1165544679

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    1. Excellent, another title to add to the library.

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  12. Maddie, my favourite book about Corfu is "The Greek for Love" by James Chatto. I also have a very precious, original copy of "An Artist in Corfu" which was written by Sophie Atkinson and published a hundred years ago. As you obviously love and appreciate books so much, I would be very happy to lend it to you if you would like?

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    1. Lias, I haven't read this yet, but it's on my list. Was up in Loutses last week. Gosh, I would love to see and touch the book you mention, maybe now borrow because I would be terrified of damaging it. Will be in touch.

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  13. Maddie, have a wonderful Easter in Corfu- don't get hit by a falling pot! Here are some links to the excellent Sophie Atkinson book, which can be read online. Plus some of her paintings of Corfu, and a song which features some on them on YouTube:

    http://corfublues.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/artist-in-corfu-sophie-atkinson-1911.html

    http://corfublues.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/sophie-atkinson-artist-in-corfu-1911.html

    Plus You Tube song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkX4eF5t4Tc

    Kalo Pascha, Jim

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  14. Another good book about Corfu, "CORFU", by Brian Dicks, David & Charles, 1977

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