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Symi Books For Christmas?

Symi Books For Christmas?

As we are now approaching Christmas, I thought it was time for some blatant advertising. I know many loyal readers and Symi Dreamers have some or all of my Symi books already, but if you haven’t, or if you know someone who might like to know more about the island, how about a copy of Symi 85600 to get you started?

Symi 85600 book review

Symi 85600

This book is a collection of notes, emails and other thoughts from when we first moved to the island 17 years ago. This book is followed by Carry On Up The Kali Strata which is a collection of articles (with photos) I wrote for The Symi Visitor newspaper back in the day, plus a few other stories and anecdotes.

The third in chronological order is Village View, a collection of blog posts from 2013 that takes you through a whole year on the island.

The forth, a mix of Symi stories, more about how we came to be here and other travel tales from my past, is Symi, Stuff & Nonsense.


Symi Stuf & Nonsense _ebook - smallerAs well as those four factual books, you might like to delve into a novel, and my first was Jason and the Sargonauts. This is a comedy-mystery set on Symi a few years ago and also in the past. There’s a lot of fact in it, manly around the WWII sections, and the rest is based on the classic Argonauts tale, except my Argonauts are on a SARGO holiday for the over 60s. Then, if you want something darker and scarier, The Judas Inheritance is the novel on which the film The 13th was based. Again, there’s some Symi history in there – though the island of the story is not called Symi, and the rest is pure, horror fantasy.

And, while you are considering who on your gift list might like one or more of those, I shall get back to writing my other stories. If you head to my Amazon author page, you can find all my books listed, a mix of comedy/satire, thriller and a couple of horrors. There, that’s your shopping for the day all sorted, and all books are available in paperback from various Amazon outlets, though the links given here are for Amazon UK. If you want them for your own Kindle library, they are also on Kindle and in Kindle Unlimited if you want to put them on your to-read list. Meanwhile, here on Symi, it’s clear and cold and very crisp, and we’re putting plans in motion to have a day in Rhodes on Friday which is currently the easiest day for the boat as it’s a ‘late’ one, I mean, at 08.10 in the morning rather than 05.05 or 06.05 as it is on Monday and Wednesday.