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A scorpion in the lemon tree

Author: Marjory McGinn

Language: English

Summary: Following on from the first two acclaimed travel memoirs (Things Can Only Get Feta and Homer’s Where The Heart Is), Marjory, Jim and their crazy dog Wallace are on a second odyssey in the southern Peloponnese but this time they end up in a peninsula they didn’t choose, and a house they never thought they’d live in. How did this happen? Easy, this is Greece and nothing ever goes to plan.
The couple’s latest adventure in Koroni, on the Messinian peninsula, takes them on another perilous and funny journey, with house rental dramas, scorpion threats, a publishing upheaval, and much more. But when they are finally seduced by the charm of unspoilt Koroni, make new friends, grapple with Greek lessons, and reconnect with some of the memorable characters of their Mani days, they discover once more why they continue to be in love with this resilient country, despite its ongoing economic crisis. And there’s not even a sting in this tale. Well … almost! – Source: Amazon.com

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Homer’s Where The Heart Is: Two journalists, one crazy dog and a love affair with Greece

Author: Marjory McGinn

Language: English

Summary: Homer’s Where the Heart Is continues the story where the acclaimed first memoir left off. Two journalists and their crazy terrier Wallace are in their second year of their riotous adventure, living in the Mani, southern Greece, sharing an olive grove with their new Greek landlords. The location is perfect, apart from Greeks on the edge, a gun-toting neighbour and Wallace faces his biggest health drama yet. The couple find time to explore more of the region: the island of Kythera and a visit to the house of the late Patrick Leigh Fermor, the famous British travel writer. But soon enough, the couple are pulled into the chaos of the economic crisis with some of the original village characters from Feta, as Greece faces bankruptcy. This candid memoir is also the story of the author’s passion for Greece. Woven into the narrative is Marjory’s back story from another dark time, during the military dictatorship in 1970s Athens. It will reveal as much about Greece as it does about her own journey. This edition also includes some of the author’s own photographs of Greece.

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Things Can Only Get Feta: Two Journalists and Their Crazy Dog Living Through the Greek Crisis

Author: Marjory McGinn

Language: English

Summary: After an Arctic winter, a British recession, and a downturn in the newspaper industry, two journalists and their dog embark on an adventure in the wild and beautiful southern Peloponnese. A perfect plan, except for one thing – Greece is deep in economic crisis. And if fiscal failure can’t overturn the couple’s escapade in rural Greece, perhaps macabre local customs, a scorpion invasion, zero dog-tolerance, health scares, and touchy expats will. This is a humorous and insightful journey through one of the last unspoilt regions of Greece. It is full of encounters with warm-hearted, often eccentric, Greeks who show that this troubled country still has heroes, if not euros. In a hillside village in the Mani, the locals share their lives, their laughter and their stories and help chart the couple’s own passage back to happiness. They even find a place in their hearts for their Greek nemesis – the local pungent goat cheese. Things really can only get feta – Source: Amazon.co.uk

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