A travel book, a comedy, a history, a fiction...
To escape debt and summonses, rakish Lord Exford is exiled in 1788 to Constantinople with a prudish tutor and a truculent artist. They are shipwrecked on a Greek island ruled by a Turkish pasha and populated with stories of passion and delusion. Star-crossed lovers, renegades and minstrels, pirates and djinn are just some of the characters our travellers encounter. They also meet Amelia Burbage, a A comedy, a history, a traveller's tale of love and adventure...join young Lord Exford on his journey to the Greece of heroines and philosophers, pashas and janissaries.
The year is 1788. George III is on the throne. To escape debt and court summonses the rakish Exford is exiled to Constantinople with a prudish tutor and a truculent artist. On the way they are shipwrecked on a Greek island ruled by a Turkish pasha and populated with stories of passion and delusion. Star-crossed lovers, renegades and minstrels, pirates and djinn are just some of the characters our travellers encounter. They also meet Amelia Burbage,a botanist, feminist and intrepid explorer, accompanied by her Syrian servant and their irascible camel.
Befuddled by a heady mix of the pasha's hashish, amorous ardour and his classical education, Exford's delusional tutor takes on the might of the Sultan and it is left to the wily Exford to deliver his eccentric band from an unspeakable fate., feminist and intrepid explorer, with her Syrian servant and an irascible camel.
Befuddled by love, hashish and his classical education, Exford’s tutor takes on the might of the Sultan and it is left to the wily Exford to deliver his eccentric band from an unspeakable fate.
Between Ancient Greece and Modern Greece were four centuries of Ottoman Greece. Join Lord Exford on his grand tour.
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About the Author
After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in French and German and with an MBA from INSEAD I spent fifteen years criss-crossing Europe and the Middle East for an American bank. In the mid 70’s I was posted to Greece. When we were transferred we left an old stone house on the island of Evia, which we go back to every year. My fortieth birthday present to myself was to quit salaried employment. The main reason was to write full time. I reviewed the modern French novel and then science fiction for the TLS. Published works include three comic novels - “Sail or Return”, “The Monogamist,” “Thanks, Eddie!” - and the best-selling guide to European cultures “Mind Your Manners,” currently in its third edition and available in twenty languages. “Management Mole” was about going back as a temp in the back offices of the kind of organisation I used to manage. Meanwhile I tried my hand at various entrepreneurial ventures. An attempt to establish a franchised chain of baked potato restaurants in Moscow came to an end when the Russian Mafia became interested. I had more success with INBIO Ltd, which imports Russian biotechnology for environmental protection and with a project to control the spread of water hyacinth on Tanzania‘s Lake Victoria. These ventures resulted in books such as “It's All Greek To Me!” and “I was a Potato Oligarch.” I now write full time again. When I am not at the keyboard I sing and play the baglama, a miniature bouzouki, in a Greek band in London. I love to travel, especially around the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Journeys have inspired “The Sultan's Organ” and “For Love of Helen.” And of course whatever I am doing I read whenever I can - in print and on Kindle.