Oh my.After finishing this book I feel like I've gone around the world.In a time capsule.Once again,Mallery unfolds her talent with masterful storytelling that makes history come alive.Soldiers fighting the Vietnam War,hippies in Woodstock,suffragettes,emigrants arriving on Ellis island and so much more come to life in this compelling family saga,making it a spell-binding treat you will never forget.

I have read all of Mallery's books now and I am astounded by her unique gift to make history feel like it's happening today.She takes historical events and figures from the faded-out,misty past and turns them into living,breathing things that she then,somehow,projects in striking colors onto the mind of her readers.That is a truly magical talent to have and I urge you to sample it.

My rating:

5 stars

Exhilarating storytelling that makes history come alive.

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Book review: Athora by Kostas Krommydas

This book was a wonderful surprise.Before picking it up,I had already read two other books by Kostas Krommydas.I'd loved them both,finding the common threads of tragic love and twists of fate utterly compelling.Athora's storyline is equally riveting and heartrending but in different ways and truly stands out among this author's other novels.

From the first few pages of Athora,I was drawn in and couldn't put it down.This is a full-blown murder mystery and one of the best I've ever read.Being highly reminiscent of Dan Brown's world-famous bestsellers,truly,the only difference was the setting – a tiny Greek island in this case.Non-stop action and intrigue kept me turning the pages insatiably,down to the reveal of the killer at the very end.The brutal murder scenes are chilling and quite masterful.But even more so than the murders,it was the unprecedented storm that plagued the tiny island of Athora that set the mood for me and swept me away as I read.

Highly descriptive writing from an author who seems to own a magic magnifying glass that allows him to look deep into the psyche of his characters.Being lifelike beyond measure,I had trouble keeping them away from my thoughts for a few days after finishing the book.Whether you like murder mysteries or Greek island reads,this is a must and,most likely,your next favorite read!!

My rating

5 stars

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A highly recommended walk around Corfu town


I picked a cloudy day last August to take a long walk around Corfu town,aiming to visit places I hadn't been to since I was a child.Also,I intended to find two old houses where I knew my grandmother and mother had been living in as children.One is situated just behind Liston and the other is in the old quarter of Campielo.I was pleased to find all the places I was after and I'm delighted to share my experience in detail today.

During the same walk,I also visited the Patounis Soap Factory for the first time,having discovered it in Hilary Paipeti's excellent book,Corfu Off the Map.Its owners were very hospitable and even gave my husband and me a quick tour of the place.

Before I set off on this virtual tour with you,here's a map of the town to give you an idea of our route:


The walk I did that day (with my husband,Andy) took us via the following places of interest in this order:

Sarocco Sq.–> Garitsa Bay  –> Anemomylos (Nautilus Cafe & the windmill) –> Liston & Pentofanaro –> Agion Panton Church –> St Spyridon Church –> Campielo (Venetian Well and Ypapanti Church) –> Spilia (New Venetian Fortress,Holocaust Monument and old coach station) –> Jewish quarter & Synagogue –> back to Sarocco Sq.

Andy and I parked near Sarocco (or Saroko – originally named ‘San Rocco' by the Venetians).It is a big shopping area built around a square.It is also an open-air bus terminal for civic buses to the north and the south.From there,we took Alexandras Avenue past the post office,until we hit the water at Garitsa Bay.


This is where Douglas's Column stands.Or,as the locals call it,"I Kolona tou Dougla".

The sea view from this spot is phenomenal on any given day,but the clouds on the sky that morning made the view simply breathtaking… Not even the ongoing roadworks and the stacks of tiles we found there didn't spoil the magic.


The view on the left from there is to the Old Venetian Fortress.On the other side,the coastal road reaches down to the end of the bay at Anemomylos (windmill).The windmill is situated at the base of a pier.At Garitsa bay,the sea is dotted with sailboats of all kinds.The fabulous zoom of my Canon Powershot SX610HS even captured the famousYacht Athat day,for which I was really pleased!!


A walk around Garitsa is a joy of quiet,fresh air and enchanting vistas.On our way to the windmill,we encountered many locals dipping in the water for a cooling swim.


Just before the windmill,we stopped atNautilus cafefor a coffee.It came with croissants,much to our delight.I highly recommend a venture inside the cafe,if only to see if you'll sweat at all when crossing over the threshold (I did,but I'm weird like that,and I'm not telling why.You'll just have to find out for yourselves 😛 )


Anemomylos offers equally spectacular views.Just like in Garitsa,the locals keep coming and going for their daily swim.


Here,I'll give you a tip that a local gave me.See the picture above?After visiting the pier,carry on behind the windmill along the coast and you will soon get to a bathing area that was once accessible only to the Greek king and the rest of the royal family!It is situated near Mon Repos and was recently opened by the council.It is not possible to access Mon Repos from that side,but you'll be able to visit the spot on the beach where the Greek royals once descended from the palace to dip in the sea.The booth where they used to change into their bathing costumes still stands!I didn't get the chance to visit it this year as I was tipped off too late.I hope to visit next time,though,and I will share photos and more info then.


From Anemomylos,we headed back to Garitsa so we could get to Liston in town.On the way,I was delighted to identify the old house in Garitsa where I used to holiday with my granny as a small child.We were staying with her daughter (my aunt Stephania) and her family,who rented a flat there at the time.It was in the tall building on the left of this photo.On the green where I stood to take the picture,there used to be swings back in the day and I remember that it was very lush and shady there.


Granny used to take me there daily while feeding me ‘kolatsio' (a snack between breakfast and lunch).It consisted of boiled egg and bread,more often than not.Almost fifty years later,the sense of place was so strong that when I stood in the middle of the now barren land gazing out to the Old Fortress like I used to as a child,the melodic cadences of Granny's speech almost reached my ears again.It was an emotional moment for me as I miss her every day.That morning,she felt close.So very close again.


When we reached Liston and the Pentofanaro beside it (Five Lantern Post),we turned right behind Liston and then turned left at the first corner.That's Agion Panton street,named after the church of the same name that you soon come across on the right.


Just after the church,I came across the old edifice that Granny had pointed out to me in the past – the house where she grew up,and which my mother also knew as she used to visit her grandparents often there as a child.Her grandfather (my great-grandfather,Nikos Kopsidas from the island of Lefkas) would meet her at Pentofanaro every Sunday (when she'd arrive from the house in Campielo that I'll show you later),then escorted her to this house for lunch.


Many a time over the years when Granny and I walked past the house,she'd point to the door,then up to the 5th floor to tell me this was where she ran from to St Spyridon Church whenever the town was being bombed during WWII.One fateful morning a miracle took place in the church to protect the people inside from the bombs.My granny was inside,a teenager then,and witnessed it.She loved to tell the tale,which in time I've also heard from other locals in the town.To hear all about it,you're welcome to readthis postthat shares other miracles of St Spyridon too.


Going back on ourselves from Agion Panton street,we headed for the lane that runs past the back of St Spyridon's church.From there,we hurried past the busy olive wood artifact shops to follow the sign to ‘The Venetian Well'.It was just a few seconds away from there,at the heart of the stunning old quarter of the town called Campielo with its picturesque lanes and antiquated Venetian edifices.

Next,we had to ask a local or two in order to find Ypapanti Church in the same area.My mother had told me that the house she was raised in stood right across from that church.I'd never seen either before and was getting excited as I followed the locals' directions ambling along picturesque lanes and down old marble steps.

Finding the church proved easy enough,and it was quite close to the Venetian well.


I identified the house easily.My mother had mentioned there were vaults and an external staircase,as well as steps behind the front gate.I took the third picture standing at the front door of Ypapanti Church.


Moved by the forlorn spectacle and the realization that I was treading on the footsteps of loved ones from another era,I went on my way reduced to silence and,through the back of old hotels,quickly emerged onto this stunning square.


You may recognize the setting from one of the scenes from The Durrells.Supposedly having traveled to Athens,Lawrence Durrell was having a coffee at the square in said scene.In reality,this is the square of the Metropolitan Church of Corfu (or Mitropoli).It is the beautiful pink building in this photo.


By that time,Andy and I were parched from the long walk so we headed towards the old port.At the New Fortress we turned left into Spilia.This used to be the coach station of Corfu back in the 80s.I have myriads of fond memories from arriving here on the coach from Athens every summer with my sister.The moment we'd step off the ferry,we'd rush to Spilia to take our luggage off the coach and we'd be met by a sky full of starlings chirping overhead.These moments used to signal for me every time the beginning of a long blissful summer.

I hadn't visited Spilia in years and was astounded by the change of the setting.The coach station building is now derelict,and the place where the coaches used to park side-by-side was now taken up by tables and chairs from a number of cafes.A monument of the Holocaust also stands there now,honoring the memory of the multitudes of Corfiot Jews that lost their lives under the Nazi regime.This place was apt for this awe-inspiring monument,seeing that to the left of the square,stretches out the Jewish quarter of the town that's built around a Synanogue.

FACT: The name Spilia (cave,in Greek) is owed to a known cave in the vicinity.It is situated near the New Fortress that towers over this area.

After a much-earned stop at Spilia for ice cream,we took the lane pastMarina's Tavern(used heavily for lunch meetings by the Durrells production team,or so I heard!) to the Jewish quarter and the Synagogue.The road led us up ahead to Theotoki Street (where Hondos Center and Public are).From there,we turned right,back to Sarocco.


With Alexandras Avenue and the post office behind us,we headed up,along the right side of Sarocco square.要求在一个咖啡馆的方向,we found thePatounis Soap Factoryjust a couple of doors away.I say ‘factory' but its facade is only small with a typical shop front door so keep your eyes peeled.

This traditional family business has operated in Corfu since 1891 and is still being run today by the descendants of the founder (5th generation),who use the same methods and tools as in the olden days.To our delight,they welcomed us warmly and offered us a tour of the place,during which a lovely young lady of the Patounis family gave us a proper presentation as well.


Luckily for us,we caught them on a production day.The factory's main worker (who,they said,is a bit of a gem and quite irreplaceable to them) was working hard in the background as the very interesting presentation took place.


There is a shop at the front,where we chose some products to take home before leaving.The company produces 4 different types of soap.We learned there are locals who can't do without them,and not just for washing themselves.Depending on the type,some are good for washing dishes,others for doing the laundry.All soaps are made with pure ingredients,including natural oils.For more info on the company and its products,goHERE.

I urge you to visit the Patounis Soap Factory at first opportunity,if only to sample the truly warm hospitality of its owners.And,if you have a book to spare,ideally short reads for kids or picture books,consider donating one for the small library that operates in the factory!!


I hope you have enjoyed taking this walk with me around my favorite town.I highly recommend that you try it too,as it combines the bustle of market areas and touristy lanes with the charm of quiet,forlorn streets that have the power to take you back in time.And let us not forget the ample sea air you would be getting at Anemomylos and Garitsa Bay!Even if you follow my advice to walk to there and back from Sarroco (or Liston) and leave the rest for another time,I am sure you will consider your time well spent.As for how long it takes to visit Anemomylos from town,I'd say about 30-40 minutes either side at a comfortable speed.


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Book review: Little Thumb by Marina Gioti (Fairytales Retold series)

This is the second book by this author that I've now read–the first one being the heart-rending picture book ‘One Heart'–and I loved the concept of questioning fairy tales in this series.It's a wonderful idea that sparks curiosity in children's minds,encouraging them to think for themselves.

Filbert Numbscull is the main character throughout the series.Unlike the delightful surname that suggests otherwise when pronounced,this is actually a clever little owl that even plays detective!In the specific book,Filbert investigates the whats,hows and whys behind the story of Little Thumb.A host of pressing questions are addressed for the first time and the findings surprisingly point us to the issue of fear – what it can do to us and how liberating it can be once we find the courage to overcome it.

Mrs Gioti both writes the clever prose and designs the beautiful graphics creating a top notch children's book that's bound to entertain young children and teach them a thing or two.If your child tends to question everything,I am sure they'll enjoy ‘meeting' Mr Filbert Numbscull!A delightful and clever picture book that I highly recommend.

My rating:

5 stars

Delightful and clever!!

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A glowing review of The Raven Witch of Corfu by author Hilary Whitton Paipeti

(Review by author Hilary Whitton Paipeti)

Just south of Messonghi,and standing slightly separate from the aerial-capped hill of Hlomos,is the ‘pyramid-shaped' mountain of Martaouna,one of the main settings for Effrosyni Moschoudi's new novel,‘The Raven Witch of Corfu'.Dubbed a ‘fantasy holiday romance',,it's a step up from Mills and Boon – much more Mary Stewart than Barbara Cartland,with a bit of Gothic horror and Harry Potter-esque magic in the mix.And it's certainly a page-turner – ideal for lazy afternoons on Messonghi beach (where much of it is set),or indeed at any place or time.

The plot gets going so quickly that it is almost impossible to précis it without giving the game away.Suffice to say that the heroine has returned to Corfu after twenty years,with a task to undertake – namely to claim back her twin brother,who was kidnapped,aged 12,on her previous visit.In a cave.By a wicked witch.

Sounds unlikely?So was Harry Potter,but that turned out OK,didn't it??Continuous action through nearly 400 pages (how DID she keep it up?) and a number of sub-plots draw you in fast.Reading a pre-publication edition,I was supposed to be proof-reading,but I was so keen to know at every stage what happened next that I forgot!!

Approaching the denouement,I really puzzled over how it would work out;;I'm usually good at guessing endings,but this one floored me.Would it finish with a cop-out?No,Effrosyni came up with the goods,with a brilliant ‘twist' that pulled the plot back from the brink.

What anchors Effrosyni's books in reality is her sense of place.Her Corfu books are set in and around Moraitika,the ancestral home of her grandfather,and the place where she has holidayed every year since childhood.While plots may possess touches of the supernatural (as shown at the end of our serialisation of Effrosyni's short story ‘AHoliday with Granny'),,they are set in a real and familiar world,which renders the incredible somehow plausible.You can walk with the heroine to the secret olive groves on the mountain of Martaouna,and accompany her around Messonghi and to a ‘Varkarola' festival at Petriti,where you'll experience a long evening in high summer.Theseconcrete scenes help us accept the surreality of the storyline,just as hobbits,orcs,elves and wizards could justifiably inhabit a world fully recognisable as England.

But the supernatural is not contained only in the book itself.As Effrosyni tells us,‘something spooky happened when [the artist] got to work on the cover!I only told him my book was set on a beach in Corfu and,of all places,he showed me this image that actually depicts the bay in Messonghi.' So,if you think you're going to have to suspend belief when reading ‘Raven Witch',just consider: There are more things in Heaven and Earth… Who knows what's really hiding on Martaouna??

The review was published in the October issue of the Corfu e-newspaper,,The Agiot.

Author Hilary Whitton Paipeti contributes with articles inThe Agiot,mainly about hikes around Corfu,its flora and fauna.Her upcoming book,‘In the Footsteps of Lawrence Durrell and Gerald Durrell in Corfu',is a republication of the popular 1990s edition,with new content.Check out Hilary's work atCorfu Walksand atThe Corfu Trail.

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Love,Christmas 2: A fabulous Christmas novel collection

Hello,All!A quick look on our social media feeds reminds us all that Christmas is not too far away now.It makes sense to start loading up our kindles with suitably festive reads,but what to choose?The choices seem so many!!

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Book review: Tales to Count on by S.R.Mallery

Trust S.R.Mallery to never disappoint.And this rings true,once again,with this collection of delightfully diverse short stories.The order they've been put in the book (from shorter to longer in terms of word count) also serves as a vehicle that drives the reader deeper and deeper into the author's mastery of prose.I am not a fan of flash fiction,so I can't say I particularly enjoyed the first stories that were really short.But,boy,did the reading begin to pay off gradually as I kept turning the pages!For me,short stories of a greater length are those that allow an author to unfold their talent to the max.Mallery's came shining through the pages like a floodlight.I loved how some of the stories took me to different places or times – reminding me of the equally thrilling experience I had when I read ‘Sewing Can Be Dangerous' by the same author.Jumping from one place and era to another,on and on,had me starting each story with an element of surprise,which enhanced my reading experience further.In Tales to Count On,Mallery reminds us that nothing is what it seems.I urge you to read this book and explore this notion with these wonderful tales.

My rating

5 stars

Surprising endings and masterful prose!!

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Lights Out by Kayelle Allen and a must-read sci fi anthology

Hello,bookworms!Today I have a brand new book to recommend,a top-knotch scifi and space opera anthology: The Expanding Universe Volume 4!!

Twenty remarkable stories.Twenty award winning & bestselling authors.One incredible science fiction collection to awaken your mind to infinite possibilities.Aliens,snipers,warships,royalty,intrigue.Battles fought with railguns,plasma beams,and blasters–with words–or even only within the mind.

Kayelle Allen,awesome author and creator ofRLFBLOG,takes part in the aforementioned collection with her fab standalone read,Lights Out.The story is a prequel to her Bringer of Chaos Series.Check it out below!You'll be glad you did,if you love sci fi.

AN INTRODUCTION TO LIGHTS OUT BY KAYELLE ALLEN…

He can save mankind.After he does one important thing.Die.

Since he was little,Tornahdo wanted to do something important.He was from a big family and while hisabuela,his grandmother,reared him to know he was loved,he always felt a little on the outside of the family.His mother abandoned him when he was a baby.Not to psychoanalyze too much,but Tornahdo longed to do something important.To be remembered.So when he had an opportunity to make his death really count,he jumped on it.Let me give you the basics of the story,and then I'll share a short excerpt.

Tornahdo can save mankind.Afterhe does one important thing.Die.

Join the Ghost Corps,they said.You'll live forever,they said.You'll save mankind,they said.They didn't say that to do it,first he had to die.

When Tornahdo signs on the dotted line,he puts his life into the steady hands of the mighty Ghost Corps.Three grisly deaths and three agonizing resurrections later,he's assigned duty on the space station Enderium Six.

他面临最危险的任务,the very reason the corps exists.

Do they expect him to win?Fat chance.Tornahdo and his team are already dead and this mission is codenamed"Lights Out."No,there's more to this than he can see.

To discover the truth,he must face an unbeatable,unkillable enemy,and this time–somehow–find a way to keep himself alive…

EXCERPT

The air reeked of antiseptic and starch stiffened the pillowcase.If only the mind-numbing jabbering would stop.

Tornahdo pried open his eyes.The flattened blood bag above him,stenciled equipment and gray walls screamed military hospital.

He'd died.Again.

Spanish curses slipped out.Hisabuelawould've taken a switch to him.He made the sign of the cross and kissed his fingertips.

After yanking the tube out of his arm,he pressed a thumb over the entry point.Thankfully,this time,he wasn't writhing on the floor in agony.Well,not yet.

A faceless android in a Ghost Corps uniform loomed over a bank of equipment displaying Tornahdo's name and vitals.First impression was right.Military hospital.

The weapons-grade yapping continued.

"Did you hear?"a youthful voice bragged."He killed six of 'em last night.""

"Yeah,but they don't stay dead.They never do.""

"If Ultras didn't come back to life,their plasma wouldn't bring our own people back.""

The transfusion of enemy blood healed the hole in Tornahdo's arm in seconds.He thumbed off the red smear and rolled over on the gurney.

An open door led to a sink and toilet built to let gravity do its work.Which meant this was a planet.You hadn't lived until you were in space,floating in zero gravity while your body's final twitches sent your corpse spinning.

Notices on the wall confirmed this was San Xavier in the Colonies of Man.Same place he'd bought it the first time.

This was getting old.

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Public concerts and varkarolas in Corfu

August is a great time to visit Corfu!The 11th of the month is a day of celebration for the Corfiots seeing that they commemorate one of St Spyridon's greatest miracles that took place in Corfu town in 1716.

(You can read all about this miracle,and a lot more on St Spyridon inthis post.)

For a few days near August the 11th,the whole island celebrates with public concerts and varkarolas,the latter being whimsical night shows in the sea with illuminated boats and music.

In the morning of August the 11th,there is a grand procession of St Spyridon in Corfu town,and for three consecutive nights the three greatest philharmonic orchestras of the island perform public concerts in the bandstand (Palco),which is in Spianada square near Liston (the bandstand is pictured in the first poster below).

In detail:

PUBLIC CONCERTS IN THE BANDSTAND:

PROGRAM:

‘Kapodistrias' performs on August 10

‘The Old Philarmonic' (Palia) performs on August 11

‘Mantzaros' performs on August 12.

I may be partial,but if I were you I wouldn't miss the last one.‘Mantzaros' plays a piece that is very close to my heart and is quite special in its execution as well.In one of the ancient Venetian buildings on the side of the square,at an open window,a trumpet player joins the orchestra from afar in what I can only describe as an absolutely magical musical conversation in the still of the night.I highly recommend you witness this at least once!My grandparents used to take me to these concerts in the 80s and 90s,and we always enjoyed this particular piece together.

All concerts start around 21:00-21:30.

VARKAROLAS AROUND THE ISLAND

I have some sad news first.It seems the annual varkarola in Petriti has been cancelled this year.The council has issued a formal announcement that it is cancelled out of respect for the passing of Mrs Margarita – the wife of the president of the cultural club of Petriti – as well as to express their grief for the deadly forest fire in Mati,Attica on July 23rd.They've also announced that their local chorus and dance groups will not participate in any events for 40 days for the same reasons.Hereis the formal announcement in Greek.

Below,you will find a list of four other varkarolas,three of which are confirmed and available for you to enjoy!!

The annual varkarola at Paleokastritsa is themed this year,and the theme is the Odyssey 🙂 Coming up soon –August 4!!

Agios Spyridon Perithias: Mark your calendars!–August 7

The varkarola in Faliraki,Corfu town is not a public varkarola but is a private spectacle organized byImabari Lounge Bar.As the poster above mentions,you need to pre-book (cost unknown – please check).Coming up onAugust 7.

Possibility of a varkarola in Garitsa (Corfu town,within walking distance from Spianada square): No announcement has been made as yet,so I can't tell you if one will take place this year.If you plan to be in Corfu town onAugust 10,it's worth asking around!If there's going to be one,it will start around 21:00.

Please note: All information is correct today that I'm writing this post!Best to check online or ask around near the time for any changes.

For more events around Corfu this August,goHERE

For detailed info on the life and miracles of St Spyridon,goHERE

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