Blue Skies & Black Olives

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Hodder & Stoughton, Sep 10, 2009 - Travel - 300 pages
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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. A few minutes gazing out over the most glorious bay he had ever seen was all it took to persuade him. 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 the next three years regretting his moment of madness.

Some of it had its comic side. He learned to cope with a drunken peacock falling out of his favourite tree and even a colony of rats invading his bedroom. Some of the humans proved trickier: the old man demanding payment for olive trees in the middle of Johnís own land; the neighbour who dragged his lovely old fishing boat onto the beach and set fire to it after a row with his wife. And, of course, the builders. Was the plumber who electrocuted him in the shower vengeful or merely incompetent?

John learned a lot about Greece in a short time. He grew to love it and loathe it in almost equal measures, but was never for a moment bored by it. And Christopher learned a bit more about John. Their shared experience revived keen memories for him of growing up with a father for whom patience was never the strongest virtue...

Here father and son capture the idyll and the odyssey as paradise is found, lost and regained.

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Review: Blue Skies And Black Olives: A Survivor's Tale Of Housebuilding And Peacock Chasing In Greece

User Review  - Vivienne - Goodreads

John Humphrys is a brilliant BBC broadcaster and I enjoyed his writing every bit as much as his broadcasts. His ascerbic wit comes over powerfully in the book Read full review

Review: Blue Skies And Black Olives: A Survivor's Tale Of Housebuilding And Peacock Chasing In Greece

User Review  - Pam - Goodreads

not normally a fan of john humphrys, this book had me warming to him. its funny and now that i live in greece i can sympathise with the many problems he had in completing the building of his house. may he and his family enjoy many years in their lovely house Read full review

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