Blue Skies and Black Olives: A Survivor's Tale of Housebuilding and Peacock Chasing in Greece

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Hodder & Stoughton, 2010 - Cottages - 288 pages
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. 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 much of the next four years regretting his moment of madness Sometimes comic, at other times infuriating, here father and son tell a story by turns hilarious and revealing about a country that intrigues and infuriates in equal measure.

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Greece was a country that John Humphrys was beginning to fall in love with as he visited his son Christopher and his family there regularly. One time whilst visiting he had the mad idea of buying a ... Read full review

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An amusing portrait of Greek life, marred by the knowledge that the author obviously earns significantly more than any if those he attacks on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme for earning too much. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

John Humphrys has reported from all over the world for the BBC and presented its frontline news programmes on both radio and television, in a broadcasting career spanning forty years. He has won a string of national awards and been described as a 'national treasure'. He owned a dairy farm for ten years and has homes in Greece and London.
Christopher Humphrys is John Humphrys' eldest son. He has lived in Greece for the past sixteen years and is a cellist with the hugely popular Camerata Orchestra based in Athens.

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