Greece: travel books to read before you go

This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Greece guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip.

92 Acharnon Street92 Acharnon Street (John Lucas; 2007) A view into contemporary Greece from the perspective of a visiting English professor at the University of Athens. It reflects the changes that took place during the ‘80s and covers politics to poetry.

Eurydice StreetEurydice Street: A Place In Athens (Sofka Zinovieff; 2004) An engaging tale of an expat in Athens. The book takes in customs, etiquette, culture and modern history. Recommended by Greeks for its accuracy of modern Greek culture.

Falling for IcarusFalling for Icarus: A Journey Among the Cretans (Rory MacLean; 2004) The author journeys to Crete to live out his dream of constructing and flying his own plane and entwines his tale with history, myths and portrayals of village life.

Its All Greek to MeIt’s All Greek to Me! (John Mole; 2004) The humorous and much-acclaimed account of an English family converting a stone ruin into a home on Evia, including their outlandish attempts to ‘fit in’.

My Family and other AnimalsMy Family and Other Animals (Gerald Durrell; 1977) The classic, witty story of a childhood spent on Corfu, told by a now-famous naturalist and conservationist. Not surprisingly, flora and fauna find their way into the pages.

The Colossus of MaroussiThe Colossus of Marousi (Henry Miller; 1975) Few writers have matched the enthusiasm expressed in this classic tale. Miller’s fervour never flags as he leaps from one adventure to the next.

More travel literature reading lists for other destinations can be found here.