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Donkey on the Catwalk by Marjory McGinn

June 24, 2021

What a delight this book has been to read. I’ve devoured all Marjory McGinn’s previous Greek memoirs, and this collection of stories from both her more recent travels there as well as the visits she made to the country in her youth is a marvellous addition. There are many wonderful accounts that fill in the gaps and explain why she kept going back to the country until, with her husband, she spent four years in the Peloponnese starting in 2010.

I particularly enjoyed the chapters about her experiences in Athens and Crete from the 1970s to the 90s. They portray a simpler, yet richer country and despite the political traumas of the 70s, it is easy to see what drew Marjory to Greece and the Greeks. There are beautiful chapters of nostalgia too, some of which moved me deeply. And then of course, there is a liberal sprinkling of humour in the chapters where Wallace, Jim and Marjory’s delightful Jack Russel, features as well as those that include the famous Foteini.

All in all, this is a wonderful mix that will give the reader more insights into Greece and Marjory McGinn’s ongoing love affair with the country. Highly recommended!

For those interested in buying the book, the link is here

I also did an interview with Majory on this blog a few weeks back, which you can read here.

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4 Comments
  1. I have this on my list, Val. Looking forward to it.

  2. Thanks for that fab review Val. So glad you liked the nostalgic chapters and Wallace madness. All praise indeed coming from a successful fellow author. Xx

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