The Greek Islands

Lawrence Durrell


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1 July 2021
ISBN: 9780571362417
352 pages

From the publisher

Lose yourself in this dazzling travelogue of the idyllic Greek Islands by the king of travel writing and real-life family member of The Durrells in Corfu.

‘Incandescent.’ André Aciman

A magician.‘ The Times

‘Invades the reader’s every sense … Remarkable.’ Victoria Hislop

‘Nobody knows the Greek islands like Durrell.’ New York Times

White-washed houses drenched in pink bougainvillea; dazzling seascapes and rugged coastlines; colourful harbours in quaint fishing villages; shady olive and cypress groves; terraces bathed in the Aegean sun … The Greek islands conjure up a treasure-chest of images – but nobody brings them to life as vividly as the legendary travel writer Lawrence Durrell.

It was during his youth in Corfu – which his brother Gerald fictionalised in My Family and Other Animals, later filmed as The Durrells In Corfu – that his love affair with the Mediterranean began. Now, in this glorious tour of the Greek islands, he weaves evocative descriptions of these idyllic landscapes with insights into their ancient history, and shares luminous personal memories of his time in the local communities. No traveller to Greece or admirer of Durrell’s magic should miss it.

‘Masterly … Casts a spell.’ Jan Morris

‘Charming … Delightful.’ Sunday Times

‘Our last great garlicky master of the vanishing Mediterranean.’ Richard Holmes

‘Like long letters from a civilized and very funny friend – the prose as luminous as the Mediterranean air he loves.’ Time