A House in Corfu

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Jonathan Cape, 2001 - Corfu Island (Greece) - 226 pages
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"A House in Corfu is the story of one of the most beautiful places on earth, still astonishingly unspoilt, on the west coast of Corfu. In the early 1960s Emma Tennant's parents, on a cruise, spotted a magical bay and decided to build a house there.This book is the story of that house, Rovinia, set in 42 hectares of land above the bay where legend has it Ulysses was shipwrecked and found by Nausicaa, daughter of King Alcinous. It is also the story of the people who have been at Rovinia since the feast in the grove at the time of putting on the roof - Maria, a miraculous cook and the presiding spirit of the house, and her husband Thodoros - and of the inhabitants of the local village, high on the hill above the bay. Full of colour and contrast, A House in Corfu shows the huge changes in island life since the time of the building of the house, and celebrates, equally, the joy of belonging to a timeless world: the world of vine, olive and sea."

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User Review  - reader68 - LibraryThing

charming and well-written. The house in Corfu was built by author's parents after spotting its bay while on a cruise. The house was built on the hillside and for the longest time there was no road to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Annette Reynolds - Goodreads

Beautifully written memoir of a place and time that basically doesn't exist anymore. Yes, the author's sentences could be overly long and a tad confusing at times, but all-in-all I loved reading this ... Read full review


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About the author (2001)

Emma Tennant was born in London and spent her childhood in Scotland. Her most recent books include three volumes of memoirs, Strangers: A Family Romance, Girlitude and Burnt Diaries, and a novel, The Ballad of Sylvia and Ted.

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