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Homer's Where The Heart Is: Two journalists, one crazy dog and a love affair with Greece by [McGinn, Marjory]
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Book 2 of the Peloponnese series

Homer's Where the Heart Is continues the story where the acclaimed first memoir left off. Two journalists and their crazy terrier Wallace are in their second year of their riotous adventure, living in the Mani, southern Greece, sharing an olive grove with their new Greek landlords.

The location is perfect, apart from Greeks on the edge, a gun-toting neighbour and Wallace faces his biggest health drama yet. The couple find time to explore more of the region: the island of Kythera and a visit to the house of the late Patrick Leigh Fermor, the famous British travel writer.

But soon enough, the couple are pulled into the chaos of the economic crisis with some of the original village characters from Feta, as Greece faces bankruptcy. This candid memoir is also the story of the author's passion for Greece. Woven into the narrative is Marjory's back story from another dark time, during the military dictatorship in 1970s Athens. It will reveal as much about Greece as it does about her own journey.

This memoir was chosen as expat book of the year, 2015, by the expat website thedisplacednation.com
This edition also includes some of the author's own photographs of Greece.

 Book 3 of this series, A Scorpion In The Lemon Tree, charts the couple's second long odyssey in Greece, this time in the Messinian peninsula.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2101 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Pelagos Press; 1 edition (19 April 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WEC7YCY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,831 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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In this sequel to Things Can Only Get Feta, Marjory McGinn takes herself, partner Jim, the inimitable Jack Russell terrier Wallace and us back to the Mani region of southern Greece, this time to the village of Paleohora, not far from where they first stayed, Megali Mantineia.

This is a fine book written by an author whose passion for Greece, its history, its landscape, and above all its people shines through on every page. It’s a brave book too, its author having the drive and courage to cast aside the familiar routine of a journalist’s life in Scotland (and before that Australia) to venture into an area that, even today, has its challenges for the English-speaking outsider.

In Homer’s Where The Heart Is, we are reacquainted with many of the characters of the first book and meet some colourful new ones _ of the human and canine variety, with the odd one-eyed cat thrown in.

Looming darkly over this second book is the spectre of the Greek economic crisis, something that outsiders struggle fully to comprehend via the usual run of newspaper stories and TV reports. Marjory McGinn brings the trained eye of a professional journalist to bear as Greece struggles to dig its way out of an economic black hole.

In a fascinating parallel narrative, McGinn looks back to her first trip to Athens, in the 1970s when the colonels ruled the roost. The military takeover still seems impossible to believe _ the cradle of democracy cowering under the gun. But it was real enough, and today’s Greeks can be forgiven for wondering if military officers are again restless in their barracks.

I’m a cat person primarily, but I hope one day I can meet the wee man, Wallace the Jack Russell terrier, who is such a presence here. Just reading about his brush with serious illness was terribly upsetting but it takes more than an ulcer or two to keep a good dog down.

Is there another volume to come in this Greek odyssey? We can hope.
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I just finished reading this wonderful book and I loved it. I loved the way Marjory reminisced about the time she spent in Athens in the 70's. I loved reading about the wonderful characters she shared her life with when she lived in Greece. I worried about Wallace getting sick and I had a tear in my eye when she had to say goodbye to Foteini. I can just imagine how much the local people loved having her live amongst them. I loved her first book 'Things can only get feta,' where she introduces us to some wonderful characters so I was really looking forward to 'Homer's where the heart is' where the journey continues. Reading the book I really felt what it would be like to live in the Mani amongst the locals. Thanks Marjory for another great read.
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For anyone in love with Greece - and that's many of us - Marjory's stories of her sojourn in the Mani are a joy. Her reactions to the country in the 1970s were similar to my own - fascination despite the flaws. I visited the Mani Peninsula in 2015 and found it very much as she describes. Her portrayal of the Greek character is perceptive and if you know something of the language, you will laugh at her linguistic mistakes.
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I absolutely adore this book, the sequel to Things Can Only Get Feta.

Again set in the Mani region of southern Greece, it reveals such a passion for Greece and its people despite the terrible hardships they are going (and have gone) through.

Homer’s Where The Heart Is, is such a bittersweet joy to read, and I hope it makes your heart sing, as it did mine.
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By Lee W TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 January 2016
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Read 'Things Can Only Get Feta' and swung into this one. Marjory and Jim more to a different area but close to the village in 'Things Can Only Get Feta'. This book concerns the ramifications of the Greek financial troubles and their effect on the Greeks as well as bringing in life in Greece and getting along with the Greeks... especially with a rambunctious Jack Russell Terror. Good fun and informative. A good read.
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By Grannysebooks TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 June 2016
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I have thoroughly enjoyed both these tales of the life of a Xeni in rural Greece. This one seemed so significant in light of another economic bale out by the EU. Despite the darkness of economic gloom, this story of 2 Scottish journalists living in Greece is full of humour, warmth and kindness. I hope they go back to Greece. I look forward to the next Instalment
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