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.
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.
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.
That's about it.
Love Maddie x