Harry Bucknall


Cocktails, Calamities and Caiques in the Greek Islands

This is the amusing and erudite account of Harry Bucknall’s journey through the Greek islands from Venice, in the West, to Istanbul, in the East. This book is a rich mixture of history, mythology, folklore, culture and often comedic everyday life – covering over 5,500 miles, lasting 183 days, visiting 36 islands and every island chain in the Greek Archipelago chain plus Mount Athos, Athens and the Turkish mainland; involving 57 sea passages on 35 ferries, 4 landing craft, 3 hydrofoils, 1 fishing caique plus travel by sea plane, 1 twin prop aircraft, 11 buses, 2 trains, an open top Land Rover and a duck egg blue 1961 Morris Oxford.

Anyone going on holiday to a Greek island this summer should take along this cheerful aide memoire.
The Daily Mail

I have to tell you that I very much enjoyed it, relished its loitering, laid back style of writing as of travelling, and learnt a good deal from it along the way.”
Jan Morris

Harry Bucknall carries us by magic flights from the thousand birds of St Mark’s to the far distant Symplegades…It’s a lovely book.
Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor

304 pages

ISBN: 978-1-903071-34-2. Category: .

Harry Bucknall

Prior to his Greek odyssey, Harry served as an Army officer for 12 years with tours in Northern Ireland and Bosnia. His subsequent business career included work in the oil and mine industries, and as a consultant in the Middle East. He has also produced theatre on the London Fringe, sat on the Olivier Awards Panel, and been a theatre reviewer for Arts Council. He has written for the Sunday TelegraphThe SpectatorSunday Times Travel MagazineIrish Independent,Country Life and various other travel and theatre publications. He lives in London with an errant Jack Russell, Sam, and is busy planning his next trip.

Also available as an audiobook and eBook through Amazon and other e-tailers.

Listen to an extract from the Audiobook below.


Additional Information

Weight 312 g
Dimensions 198 x 129 x 25 mm


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