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In Sfakiá Peter Trudgill
Paperback; 272 pages, with map, line drawings, suggested reading, index
In Sfakiá is an affectionate, personal account of the historic and remote Cretan region of Sfakia and its main village, Chora Sfakion, as encountered by the author and his wife starting in the late 1970s. The landscape is rugged, as are the Sfakian people, who are renowned for their heroism, fierceness, dignity and independance - and even today they remain "hospitable to the point of insanity".
We follow the couple as they become increasingly engaged with the local people, language, customs, landscape, history and legends, tragedies and triumphs of the region; we learn of their personal adventures and observe their gradually increasing understanding of Village life.
Peter Trudgill fell in love with Greece when he hitch-hiked to Athens from his home in Norwich, England, in 1963.
He first saw the mountains of Crete rising out of the dawn mist from the deck of a ferry in 1974, and since then he and his American wife Jean have visited Sfakia more than 60 times.
Peter Trudgill is a sociolinguist who has published extensively on dialects of Greek, English and other languages.
In Sfakia: passing time in the wilds of Crete
You can find a review of this book here
The High Mountains Of Crete
The White Mountains, Psiloritis And Lassithi Ranges
Paperback, 352 pages, October 2008
Now published as a full colour guide, this new edition supersedes and expands Cicerone's original guide to The White Mountains, with additional routes, photographs and information for the Psiloritis and Lassithi ranges, and new mapping.
With an agreeable climate, an amazing landscape and a history stretching back to the start of civilisation, Crete makes an outstanding destination. The beauty of the Gorge of Samaria National Park in Sfakia is well known, but Crete offers many other spectacular gorges, together with numerous peaks rising to over 2100m. There are high mountain plains, forested crags, massive cliffs, and remote beaches.
Proud, but also informal, friendly and hospitable, Cretans offer a range of facilities to visitors both in the countryside and on the coast.
This work features general information on: walking in Crete; Western Crete: 53 walks in the White Mountains and south coast, mainly in Sfakia, together with 10 multi-day trekking routes; Central Crete: 17 walks and treks on Mount Ida; Eastern Crete: 12 walks and treks in the Lassithi Mountains; and, E4 Trail across each of these ranges.
in Crete Pashley, Robert esq. *****
reprint of Pashley's travels to Crete in 2 paperback volumes.
Originally published in 1837.
Black and white reprints of the plans and prints and a fold
out map at the rear; the pages are bound together at the top
in what I'd like to say is traditional 19th century fashion
but is more 20th century Greek style! Still these are very nice
reprints and very welcome.
Making of the Cretan Landscape
by Oliver Rackham and Jennifer Moody
absolutely fantastic book and essential for those interested
in topography, geography and anything that goes with creation
and formation of the landscape. If you love Crete this book
is for you. Walking, flora and fauna, anthropology.
for Crete Compiled by Judy Adams
with recipes by: Sam Naomis, Nina Vleugels, Niki Montes, Roger
Abbott, Birgit (from Denmark), Mina Kupferman, Allan Simister,
Tim and Brigid Todd, Koidu Raudvere, Uffe Sandas, Florence (from
Paris). Manolis Alifierakis, Hilde Huecking, Ted Georgakis,
Roberto Delfini, Erno Verhoeven, Julie Friedeberger, Alan Teague,
Ann-Karin Vinje, Stuart Simon, Marjeta Novak, Lars and Birte
(from Sweden), Karen (Katina) Evans, Steve and Lin Ince.
culled from as far apart as New Zealand to Britain and the USA
to Slovenia, in aid of a very worthy cause indeed. Click on
this hyperlink to enter
"The Preveli Project Page" and discover more about
this charity. The book is in both German and English. Proceeds
go to The Preveli Project.
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of Western Crete Jonnie Godfrey, Elizabeth Karslake (Photographer)
of the "Landscapes Countryside Guides" series, this pocket
guide to Western Crete is designed to take visitors away from
the tourist centres and out into the countryside, exploring
by private or public transport, or on foot. It is divided into
three sections: car tours (with a full colour pull-out touring
map), picnics, and walks for all ages and abilities. The book
contains up-to-date timetables for public transport and is
illustrated in colour. Paperback
The Cretan Journal Lear, Edward
reprint of Lear's sketchings and paintings of Crete during the
Planet Crete (Travel Guides)
by Jeanne Oliver
Lonely Planet's new "Crete" guide. The new Lonely Planet "Crete"
provides intriguing historical background as well as essential
visitor information. Whether you want to laze upon a beach,
hike through a gorge, poke around an archaeological site, or
spend an evening in a taverna listening to Cretan songs, this
is the guide to take along. . 18 detailed maps, . color section
on Cretan art . special section on Greek mythology . excursions
to Knossos, walking tours through Hania's Venetian quarter,
& the best spots to see...
Winds of Crete Doren, David MacNeil
PAPERBACK. Splendid travelogue written by an American who spent
6 years on the island of Crete with his Swedish wife, Inga.
A few b/w illustrations at the rear.
Crete: The Battle and the Resistance ****** Antony Beevor
the best all-round perspective of the events up to, including
and after the ten days in May 1941. Well written and very informative,
the book is based upon interviews with those who took part and
History of Crete ***** Theocharis E Detorakis
not the best book specifically on WWII, this book however is
superb for periods leading up to it, so if you want to glimpse
the past that made the Cretans the way they are this is definately
a book for you.
history of Crete up to and including the battle of Crete in
1941. A little weak on Minoan history this book is, however,
excellent for all the intervening years including Roman, Arab,
Venetian and Turkish Rule, autonomy and unification with Greece
in 1913. A few spelling mistakes and typos have been made in
the translation from the original Greek but I would highly recommend
this book. (all periods to 1941)
Crete 1941: Eyewitnessed
C. Hadjipateras and M. Fafalios (eds)
WW2 CRETE MGH paperback. A fascinating history of events as
viewed by those involved at the time - Allied and German- through
letters, newspaper articles and personal accounts, superbly
compiled by the editors.
Days to Destiny : The Battle for Crete, 1941 by G. C. Kiriakopoulos
author has out down on paper the struggle of the heroic Cretan
people during this difficult time in their long history of
fighting for their freedom. It also covers the battle from
both the Greek and British as well as the German side. It
covers the background and the reasons for the invasion as
well as its effect on the Nazi timetable for the invasion
of Russia. It begins with a spy story that rivals the most
bizarre inWorld War 2. It takes you through the Battle and
its aftermath in great detail. Paperback - 372 pages
Ill Met by Moonlight ***** W. Stanley Moss
Own' stuff with the true story of the kidnapping of the German
leader of operations on Crete, General Kreipe, from his unrightful
place at the Villa Ariadne to Egypt. Ignores the repercussions
that were meted out on Cretan villagers but leaves you with
the sort of warm feeling you get when you've just stuck one
over on your mortal enemy. Hoorah!
The Cretan Runner *****
George Psychoundakis Introduced by Patrick Leigh Fermor
is a magnificent book detailing the heroic deeds of the author
and his part in the resistance. The 'runner' of the title refers
to the elite band of men who knew the Cretan landscape well
enough to escape detection by the Germans as they carried messages,
smuggled arms and led Allied soldiers through land heavily populated
with German soldiers.
Cretan Quests Huxley, D (ed)
Explorers, Excavators and Historians
merchants and travellers from Britain saw Crete as an object
of interest in the eastern Mediterranean from medieval times.
They were followed by antiquaries, geographers, mapmakers, the
Royal Navy, and in the late 19th c. by the first archaeologists.
Excavation and research have continued to flourish there. One
hundred years after Sir Arthur Evans began his work, the British
School at Athens recalls in this collection of essays the many
aspects of British scholarship which have formed part of an
international effort to throw light on the past of the whole
island from the earliest Neolithic settlements to the Cretan
Renaissance." A wonderful book, though for pre 20th century
travellers the best book is "Across Crete".
Poetics of Manhood: Contest and Identity in a Cretan
Glendi, (a ficticious name for a real village, which is pretty
easy to work out should you ever visit it) is used for this
superb anthropolical case study by Indiana University Professor,
Michael Herzfeld. A detailed, objective and compelling account
of the villagers famed for their sustained resistance to Turkish
Rule and then to German occupation. A wonderful book.
Crete, part I, From Khaniá to Herákleion
Edited by Dr. Johan de Bakker
Paperback - 288 pages, 1st edition, published June, 2001
you ever wondered how it felt to be one of the first people
to visit Crete, and to discover many ancient cities and beauty-spots
of nature? Or how it must have felt to travel without the comforts
of the modern age in unknown and dangerous regions? Then read
it you can follow the journeys of the Cambridge scholar Pashley,
the British naval officer Spratt, the ecclesiastic Pococke and
the watercolourist Lear. Their "discovery" of Crete
in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries offers you an excellent
introduction to the modern island. You will feel as if you were
discovering Crete yourself.
book contains a selection of their writings organized as stages
of a tour across Crete. Each stage is preceded by a description
of the modern setting of the region and its past. You can follow
the routes of the travellers on many detailed maps.
legends concerning Crete can also be found here, such as the
stories of Europa and the Bull, Theseus and the Minotaur, the
flight of Daedalus and Icarus, the Birth of the Gods, and the
Ruin of Atlantis. All have been translated directly from their
original Greek or Latin forms.
first book in a series of three focuses on central Crete, between
Khania and Iraklion. The other two volumes, which deal with
the eastern and western parts of Crete, are soon to be published.