Message posted by BigPhil on 02 June 2009 at 12:27pm - IP Logged
Dear Corfu friends, I'm coming to Corfu this August and always enjoy bringing a couple of books with me about the place I'm visiting. I've read some good things about a book called "Songs of Blue and Gold": has anyone else read this? And any other suggestions. We're staying near Kalami, by the way, as am a complete L Durrell fan.. Many thanks Big Phil
Avrio also by John Waller There is also another book that Jogn did that had sketches by Theresa Nicholas called "Corfu Sketches - A thirty-year journey" - A very worhwhile book to get as you'll recognise places in it.
The Venetian House by Mary Nickson
Corfu - The Garden Isle presented by Spiro Flamburiari
Noble families of Corfu by Despina Paisidou
Icons by Richard Temple
Corfu Banquet by Emma Tennant & Maria Mazis
Hope these are of help to you. The John Waller ones are really good to read.
Message posted by artisans on 02 June 2009 at 9:30pm - IP Logged
This is a book list published on the Roda website today:
Captain from Corfu’ - Muriel Maddox
Corfu trilogy door Gerald Durrell:
‘My Family and Other Animals’
‘Birds, Beasts and Relatives’
‘The Garden of the Gods’
‘Fillets of Plaice’ - Gerald Durrell
‘Prospero’s Cell’ - Lawrence Durrell
‘Spirit of Place’ -Lawrence Durrell
‘Corfu: Venus of the Isles’ - John Forte
‘Corfu: a Novel’ - Robert Dessaix
‘Songs of Blue & Gold’ - Deborah Lawrenson
‘Greek Walls’ - John Waller
‘Corfu Sunset: Avrio Never Comes’ - John Waller
‘A House in Corfu’ - Emma Tennant
‘Corfu Banquet’ - Emma Tennant - Feestmaal op Corfu
‘The Colossus of Maroussi’ - Henry Miller
‘The Papas & the Englishman’- Roy Hounsell
‘The Cat of Portovecchio: Corfu Tales’-Maria Strani Potts
‘Paging Aphrodite’ - Kim Green
‘Prospero's Daughters’ - Sally Stewart
‘The Greek for Love: Life, Love & Loss in Corfu’ - James Chatto
‘A Kitchen in Corfu’ - James Chatto & Wendy Martin
‘The Corfu Years’ - Edward Lear & Philip Sherrard
Message posted by Tina M on 05 June 2009 at 11:31pm - IP Logged
I am also a complete L Durell fan, and I have just read "Songs of Blue and Gold" (did this when I was in Corfu two weeks ago, wonderful...). It's a really good book and it gives a different angle of Lawrence's life and character (pure fiction, but perhaps not far from reality). You can find an intersting article on the Nisea Magazine website, interview with the author Deborah Lawrenson. Having read this book I just have to read Prosperos Cell all over again.
Message posted by Lavinia on 06 June 2009 at 1:57am - IP Logged
The Greek for Love by James Chatto. The most touching book I have ever read based on Corfu. Absolutely number one in my opinion. Of course Prospero's Cell by Lawrence Durrell is a classic and if I could only have two books about Corfu it would be these two.
Message posted by paleofan on 06 June 2009 at 8:51am - IP Logged
My favorites would be
The Colossus of Maroussi’ - Henry Miller and
Prospero’s Cell’ - Lawrence Durrell
Haven't read all the books but would definitely not recomend ‘Paging Aphrodite’ - Kim Green. I gave up after 20 pages. The places described are nothing like the places on the island (they have been given fictional names but it is obvious what the names are based on) anyone who haasn't visited Corfu would get a very strange view of the island. I suppose it is called poetic licence but it would have been better to make a fictional name for the island as well
Hi paleofan, have you read" A house on Corfu, " by Emma Tennant. ?? I think you would like it.! You will be able to identify the area of the house at Lipades as you look out from Paleo ! it is a true story. K.
( PS I wouldn't recommend " Paging Aphrodite" either.)
Message posted by paleofan on 06 June 2009 at 11:41am - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by ele 56 on 02 June 2009
There are a couple of books by John Waller, first one was called Greek Walls centered on Agios Gordios, I believe in the 1960's when there was hardly anything there. It's a lovely read.
I've been at a loss as to what books to take this year and having read some of the reviews I've just ordered John Waller's Greek walls on Amazon. Looks fascinating, thanks for the recommendation.
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