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Living on a Greek island

A Greek island blog from Symi in the Dodecanese islands of Greece. "James’s great talent lies in his careful observation of the absurd and the amusing, the dramas and the difficulties..." Anne Zouroudi.

Symi Dream - Living on a Greek island

Symi books and novels

Symi books and novels

Today, a few photos showing recent action in the village square. Well, when I say action, I mean… You know, daily life. The bars starting to busy up as summer gets underway, Symi and our mayor on the TV on Sunday night, someone taking their young garlic for a walk in the pushchair… You know how it is.

May 11th_02

Let’s have a plug. If this is all new to you and you want to know more about Symi and what it’s like to live here, may I suggest starting with ‘Symi 85600’, my account of moving here and our first five years on the island. More details of that time can be found in ‘Symi, Stuff & Nonsense’ and the other two books about living on the island fit in between. Start with ‘Symi 85600’ move on to ‘Carry on up the Kali Strata’, then to ‘Village View’ (which takes you through a complete year, 2013), and then come up to date with ‘Symi, Stuff & Nonsense.’ I expect most of my regular readers have already seen these books, but if you haven’t, you’ll find quirky tales, thoughts, observations and perhaps even something worth knowing.

May 13th_1

The link at the end of this chat takes you to my author page at Amazon where you can find all the novels and books. I was asked on Sunday if any of the novels are Symi-set. ‘Jason and the Sargonauts’ is set on Symi in World War II and ‘present day’ (which was a few years ago now), and as far as possible, the wartime flashbacks are historically accurate with some licence, so don’t use it as a basis for your thesis. ‘The Judas Inheritance’ is also set on Symi although it’s not named and the story (a horror) has nothing to do with the island, that’s just a metaphor for Greece in the days of the economic disaster of a few years back.

Here’s the link to, but you can find the author page and books in all countries. click: James Collins Symi books and novels.

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