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A Scorpion In The Lemon Tree: Mad adventures on a Greek peninsula by [McGinn, Marjory]
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Book 3 in the Peloponnese series

Following on from the first two acclaimed travel memoirs (Things Can Only Get Feta and Homer’s Where The Heart Is), Marjory, Jim and their crazy dog Wallace are on a second odyssey in the southern Peloponnese but this time they end up in a peninsula they didn’t choose, and a house they never thought they’d live in. How did this happen? Easy, this is Greece and nothing ever goes to plan.

The couple’s latest adventure in Koroni, on the Messinian peninsula, takes them on another perilous and funny journey, with house rental dramas, scorpion threats, a publishing upheaval, and much more. But when they are finally seduced by the charm of unspoilt Koroni, make new friends, grapple with Greek lessons, and reconnect with some of the memorable characters of their Mani days, they discover once more why they continue to be in love with this resilient country, despite its ongoing economic crisis. And there’s not even a sting in this tale. Well … almost!

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"This book is rare within the travel writing genre. It cleverly combines a travel narrative with enlightened observations about Greece, while retaining a light and entertaining touch throughout.” – Peter Kerr, best-selling author of Snowball Oranges





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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1714 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Pelagos Press (1 July 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01H61VKYK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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For the third time, Marjory McGinn has written about her love affair with Greece _ its landscape, inhabitants and culture _ and once again she has produced a book that even the most unadventurous armchair traveller will warm to.

McGinn and her partner Jim (not forgetting their inimitable canine chum Wallace) set off in 2014 for a year’s stay in Koroni, and A Scorpion In The Lemon Tree is the result.

You can’t help but admire the courage it takes to leave behind a more or less settled existence in Scotland and set off on a Greek adventure. The language barrier is always there, although some of the misunderstandings can be hilarious. The seemingly never-ending Greek financial crisis is always there, too, providing a sombre backdrop at times _ but rather than the empty clichés of politicians, McGinn lets us know how the crisis affects the real people, and how they deal with it. Her ability to interact with the locals, mostly in their own language, and write incisively and sympathetically, is her great strength.

All freelance authors and journalists know that writing the story or book is one thing. Getting paid is another. McGinn was not well served by the publisher of her first book, Things Can Only Get Feta, and dealing with the hassles from Greece must have been terribly frustrating.

But the tone of A Scorpion In The Lemon Tree is overwhelmingly positive. It’s a book written by someone who is in love with life, and the Greek way of life in particular. As such, it’s recommended unreservedly.
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Marjory McGinn has done it again! I have just loved sharing her adventures in Southern Peloponnese, and am eagerly awaiting another one (hopefully).
A Scorpion In The Lemon Tree is the third book in the series, and I feel it is equal to the first two, Things Can Only Get Feta, and Homer's Where The Heart Is.
Meeting the people (some for a second and third time), and touring the historical sites, towns, villages and beaches with Marjory, Jim and Wallace, I can almost imagine I am there too. Although I have never been to Greece, I have learnt so much about this beautiful country through these beautifully written books
If you like travel memoirs, and Greece, this series is a must read.
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A thoroughly enjoyable read. This is the third book in the series about life in a Greek village and just as in the previous ones, I always learn something new. I particularly like the way the author gives us a glimpse into the way the villagers cope with the worsening economic crisis; their stoicism and philosophy in the face of ever-increasing obstacles born out of years of earlier hardships in Greece's modern history. She is observant and entertaining and her love for Greece is evident. Highly recommended.
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Thank you for entertaining so many people and for such an understanding rarely shown for this country in crisis and its wonderful people
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By MASD on 10 August 2016
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I got as far as chapter three, and that was after having enjoyed the other books in this series. I am over the stupid dog, I KNOW that "screamy bark" , and it's not nice! Also I sympathise with the neighbour who wants to feed starving cats, and leave scorpions alone!!
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