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JourneyWoman Book Club: A House in Corfu

July 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Last updated on July 13th, 2021

A House in Corfu by Emma Tennant

A House in Corfu by Emma Tennant (2003)

Recommended by Cindy  

The story of an unspoiled island and an English family making a home by the Aegean Sea. In the early 1960s Emma Tennant’s parents, on a cruise, spotted a magical bay and decided to build a house there. This book is the story of that house, Rovinia, set above the bay in Corfu where legend has it Ulysses was shipwrecked and found by Nausicaa, daughter of King Alcinous. It is also the story of the couple who have been at Rovinia since the feast in the grove that followed the roof-raising-Maria, a miraculous cook and the presiding spirit of the house, and her husband, Thodoros-and of the inhabitants of the local village, high on the hill above the bay.

Tennant offers us the delights of quotidian adventures-salt water in the well, roads to nowhere, collapsing walls-all hilariously presented. That the house is still lived in and loved, with new generations coming to understand the delights of Corfu, is a tribute to the people and a special landscape which is distinctly Greek. Full of color and contrast, A House in Corfu shows the huge changes in island life since the time of the Tennants’ arrival, and celebrates, equally, the joy of belonging to a timeless world: the world of vine, olive, and sea.

Discussion questions are provided on our website before the session.  Visit our Book Club Page for the latest news and updates. If you are buying this book online please consider supporting JourneyWoman by using the purchase links on our page.

This event is open to all women who love travel; we ask that you pay-what-you-can to help us cover our costs.

PLEASE NOTE: You can purchase this book in paperback and as an ebook as part of our NEW three-book Sand to Sea Subscription Box. Read more here.

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July 21
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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