For some bibliophile holidaymakers it is not just about one book or two but more like four or five during a much awaited for two week stay.
Airport waiting lounges seem to be the place to pick up a pre-flight book or two and there are always the left overs in hotel reception areas.
The more serious traveler might want to brush up on their background reading before visiting a place or make some plans in advance about what to see or do.
The following is a list of some serious and some not so serious books to grab off the shelf before packing your bags to Corfu.
At Delfinia Hotels we have a small library of books that one can borrow during their stay.
A Kitchen in Corfu by James Chatto
In the heart of Corfu, away from the tourist beaches, old traditions of living and eating still flourish. Over the centuries culinary influences from all over the Mediterranean have been absorbed into the classical Greek cuisine and adapted to suit the extraordinary variety of produce that comes from this beautiful and very fertile island. The result is a style of cooking unique in the world.
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
When the unconventional Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they do what any sensible family would do: sell their house and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. My Family and Other Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the island but ended up as a delightful account of Durrell’s family’s experiences.
Corfu Book of Walks by Hilary Whitton Paipetis
Corfu is a walker’s paradise, with a huge variety of scenery, lovely footpaths and trails, many places of interest to aim for, and – despite heavy development in a few places – an unspoilt and venerable atmosphere. For over 25 years Hilary has been walking the length and breadth of Corfu, hiking in its mountains, and rambling in its olive-blanketed hills and open plains.
The Holiday by Erica James
A long summer holiday on the beautiful island of Corfu is just what Izzy Jordan needs, but is she prepared for the romance and drama? When she’s invited to spend the summer on Corfu and is offered the chance of a no-strings holiday romance with the irresistible Theo, what should she do?
The Odyssey by Homer
The Odyssey is literature’s grandest evocation of every man’s journey through life. When the hero arrives on the mythic island of Scheria, which is said to be modern day Corfu, he starts to recount the many of his journey’s trials and tribulations. This is an all time classic everyone visiting in love with Greece should read.
This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
When Lucy Waring’s sister Phyllida suggests that she join her for a quiet holiday on the island of Corfu, young English Lucy is overjoyed. Her work as an actress has temporarily come to a halt. She believes there is no finer place to be “at liberty” than the sun-drenched isle of Corfu, the alleged locale for Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
The Venetian House by Mary Nickson
For Victoria, orphaned at six, her grandmother Evanthi’s beautiful home in Corfu – known locally as The Venetian House – has always meant safety, freedom and a near-magical kind of contentment. Now, twenty years later Victoria discovers her marriage was a sham and, desperate to escape.
If you have any more favorite books in English or not that are set in Corfu and that are not on this list please let us know too!