A trip away is rarely perfect without a good read. Here are some of my favourites:
“Sapiens: a brief history of humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari
Probably one of the best non fiction books I’ve read. The title is quite self explanatory. It really transformed my view of history and actually sparked an interest in pre history that I didn’t really have before. I recommend getting as an audio book as well so you can interchange between reading and listening as it’s pretty long!
Relevant blogs : because it sparked my interest in foraging – “Park life in edibles“.
“Circe” by Madeleine Miller
Fantastic work of fiction weaving together the stories of the battle of Troy with the mythology of the Greek gods. Rolled into the ultimate story of girl power, following the twists and turns of the imperfect heroine, Circe, witch of Aiaia.
Relevant blogs: because it’s set in Greece and also involves a trip to Crete – – Get off he beaten track in Crete
“The Clan of the Cave Bear” by Jean M Aurel
Follows the story of a human girl adopted by a clan of Neanderthals. Challenges presumptions of how this species of Sapiens lived, communicated, formed relationships and worshiped the gods. Fascinating read.
“The Island” by Victoria Hislop
I read this one years ago but it has stuck with me which is always a mark of a good book. It is a tale of generations of women, all tied to the leprosy colony on Spinalonga in Crete. A beautiful tale. It made me cry.
Relevant blogs: Get off the beaten track in Crete. Next time I visit Crete I’d like to visit Spinalonga as I’ve never actually been.
More to come …