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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Humphrys Narrator: John Humphrys, Christopher Humphrys Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here is Radio 4's Today presenter and national treasure John Humphrys' funny memoir of building his home in Greece with his son, Christopher.

It was a moment of mad impulse when John Humphrys decided to buy a semi-derelict cottage and a building site on a plot of land overlooking the Aegean. A few minutes gazing out over the most glorious bay he had ever seen was all it took to persuade him. After all, his son Christopher was already raising his family there so he would help build the beautiful villa that would soon take shape. What could possibly go wrong?

Everything. John was to spend the next three years regretting his moment of madness.

Some of it had its comic side. He learned to cope with a drunken peacock falling out of his favourite tree and even a colony of rats invading his bedroom. Some of the humans proved trickier: the old man demanding payment for olive trees in the middle of John's own land; the neighbour who dragged his lovely old fishing boat onto the beach and set fire to it after a row with his wife. And, of course, the builders. Was the plumber who electrocuted him in the shower vengeful or merely incompetent?

John learned a lot about Greece in a short time. He grew to love it and loathe it in almost equal measures, but was never for a moment bored by it. And Christopher learned a bit more about John. Their shared experience revived keen memories for him of growing up with a father for whom patience was never the strongest virtue.

Here father and son capture the idyll and the odyssey as paradise is found, lost, and regained.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Siân Edwards | 11/26/2013

    " I particularly enjoyed the fact that I have been to all the places mentioned in this book so it brought back lots of happy memories and feelings. Put me off building a house in Greece though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vivienne | 4/12/2013

    " John Humphrys is a brilliant BBC broadcaster and I enjoyed his writing every bit as much as his broadcasts. His ascerbic wit comes over powerfully in the book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pauleen | 12/15/2011

    " absolutely fantastic, couldn't put it down ad soooo funny "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paula Curtis | 7/10/2011

    " what a enjoyable read that brought back so many memories that had my husband and I laughting "

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