Top 10 books set in Greece

Books have inspired many to pack their bags, leave home and set off on an adventure. We’re not suggesting that you leave your house forever – just have a fantastic holiday in Greece as a result of reading an awesome book set in the country.

The literature on this list ranges from daring stories to simply fantastic love tales. We think you’ll enjoy them, and maybe they’ll inspire you to gather enough material to write your own when you return home.

It's All Greek To Me! by John Mole

John Mole took the brave step of relocating to the island of Evia, just east of mainland Greece, and actually did what many of us dream about – he renovated a disused house, and made it habitable for both him and his family.

This book is funny, the local characters are fantastic, and the mad dog Hector is simply bonkers. If you’re tempted to emigrate to a remote Greek village as a result of your magical holiday, read this book first.

The Odyssey by Homer

The ultimate in travel stories, this ancient poem recounts the many adventures of Odysseus and his crew as they try to make their way home to Ithaca following the Trojan war. They took the long way around for a 1055-kilometre trip, and the epic journey took 10 years. Some of the characters you’ll meet en route are extraordinary, from lotus eaters to witches and cannibals. Although a myth, some of the destinations are based on fact and you can still check out many of the locations yourself.

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

You may have seen the TV series but the book is said to be better. It’s set on Corfu and follows the adventures of the Durrell family when they moved to Corfu in between the wars. The stars of the book are the family and their island friends, though animals and wildlife come a close second. From murderers and ebullient taxi drivers to colourful tales of family life, this book exudes character and fun.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres