A House in Corfu

A Family's Sojourn in Greece

Emma Tennant

A John Macrae/Holt Paperbacks Book

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This book is the story of Emma Tennant's parent's house, Rovinia, set above the bay in Corfu where legend has it Ulysses was shipwrecked and found by Nausicaa, daughter of King Alcinous. It is also the story of people like 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 color and contrast, A House in Corfu shows the huge changes in island life since the time of the Tennants' arrival, and celebrates, equally, the joy of belonging to a timeless world: the world of vine, olive, and sea.

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A HOUSE IN CORFU (Chapter One)

Where are you planting this? Is it xorta--weed?' And the old woman laughs up at me, whipping her donkey on down the rocky path ahead before I have time to answer. I hear her call her greeting to the many--and invisible--other occupants of the Greek landscape: 'Herete!' as she wends her way to the sea from her tiny demesne of olive and scrub. Her upright figure in black is like a needle, threading through a patchwork of fiercely owned and tended land that is as intimately known and impossible to ignore as the network of interrelated families in the village of Liapades,

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Praise for A House in Corfu

"Tennant describes the spirit of enjoying another culture more gently, less aggressively than Mayle or even Mayes. She floats through it more dreamily, leaving an even greater desire for some other place."-Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Exercise caution when reading this book-it's likely to induce a serious longing to hop on the next flight to Greece."-Booklist

"A delightful memoir . . . [Tennant] eloquently renders the stark beauty of the landscape, the seductive, treacherous sea, the delicious cuisine."--Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Emma Tennant

Emma Tennant's previous books include Sylvia and Ted (0-8050-6675-6), The Bad Sister, Two Women of London, Faustine, Strangers: A Family Romance, Burnt Diaries, and Pemberley, a sequel to Pride and Prejudice. She lives in London.

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A House in Corfu
A Family's Sojourn in Greece
Emma Tennant

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae/Holt Paperbacks Book
February 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805072822
ISBN10: 0805072829
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages, Includes one map and five black-and-white illustrations
$17.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae Book
February 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466819245
ISBN10: 1466819243
256 pages, Includes one map and five black-and-white illustrations
$7.99
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