An Island in Greece: On the Shores of Skopelos (Tauris Parke Paperbacks) (Paperback)

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Scattered in a crescent in the sparkling waters of the Aegean, the islands of the Sporades are known to Greek fishermen as the gates of the wind. It was to this unspoilt archipelago that Michael Carroll sailed. But his dream of travelling where the wind took him, changed when he landed on Skopelos. There, a chance meeting with the charismatic Vangeli led to him buying a piece of land on a remote cove, once the site of an ancient city and the perfect harbour for Astarte.

So unfolds the story of Carroll's growing attachment to Skopelos as he sets down roots and makes it his home. Engaging and vividly-described, An Island in Greece is a sun-drenched tale of a life full of simple pleasures, governed by the seasons, the tides and the wind; the story of a traveller who finally arrived and a unique homage to the island that harbored him.

About the Author

Michael Carroll was born in England in 1935. He was educated at Harrow and Cambridge. He is the author of From a Persian Tea House, an account of his travels in Iran.

Praise For…

"An engaging book, flavoured with ouzo, olives and a distinct individuality." -- Sunday Times

"Here is a study of that involvement essential to any understanding of the Greeks, or of what it means to be in Greece. Carroll writes like a travel journalist who sees the surface accurately and records it with facility. Once involved, however, his vision deepens and he writes with affectionate insight, a richer man because he understands more." --The Guardian

"Readers who enjoyed his From a Persian Tea House will be glad to meet him again in a Greek setting and he should attract a wider public."  --The Times

"Carroll evokes the atmosphere and the essential kindliness of the people splendidly. Good, tautly-written, sun-drenched stuff…" --Irish Times

"Greece seems to inspire writers to write well. Michael Carroll is a new and welcome addition to the list which Patrick Leigh Fermor heads. [This] is one of the best and most enjoyable travel books I have read for a long time." --Glasgow Herald

Product Details
ISBN: 9781845118228
ISBN-10: 1845118227
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company
Publication Date: March 1st, 2009
Pages: 205
Language: English
Series: Tauris Parke Paperbacks