An octopus in my ouzo

Escape to the sunlight and colour of a wild island in the South Aegean...




Loving Life on a Greek Island




14 April 2016, Pb, £8.99, ISBN: 978-1-84953-860-2

With a laptop and hiking boots, surrounded by wild beauty and traces of ancient history, Jennifer plans to embrace her new life on a tiny Greek island to the full.

Bursting with Mediterranean flavour, An Octopus in my Ouzo takes you from surviving winter storms to serving drinks on the beach, dancing and walking and swimming your way around the island with an exuberant fisherman and an adorable canine companion – a funny, sad and inspiring journey to find that happiness lies in living small and thinking big.


‘Poetic, touching, enlightening: Jennifer’s very personal journey into Greece’s deep heartland will give even the most couch-bound armchair traveller itchy feet’ Anne Zouroudi




‘A seductive evocation of Greek island life and an honest exploration of what it means to try to live differently. An Octopus in My Ouzo is about diving into the unknown and staying afloat’ Lizzie Enfield‘

About the author

Jennifer Barclay grew up in the north of England in a village on the edge of the Pennines; she left for Greece after university, lived in Canada and France and the south coast of England before moving to a Greek island. She works with books as an editor and agent and writes for newspapers and magazines. She has previously written Meeting Mr Kim and Falling in Honey, and her blog about daily life is at: 


 My Review


I devoured this book in two days and now wish I could read it again for the first time. So much of Jennifer's story resonates with me, having also taught English in Greece and tried to start a family in my forties! Maybe she is my alter ego? At any rate, this story will delight, enchant and fill you will joy and sadness. Against the backdrop of a seemingly idyllic island, real life goes on with its ups and downs coming full circle and Jennifer Barclay makes some keen observations. From now on whenever I come across a cultural difference, I'm also going to refer to it as a seahorse moment!!

I really appreciated the author's view on Greece and it's not a tale seen through rose-tinted glasses yet her love for the people and the place shine through. I may just have to buy the paperback edition now to put on my 'Greek' shelf and i'll be checking out her first book too. Brilliant!






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27.05 | 22:25

Another amazing review, dying to get my hands on this one xxx

27.05 | 20:42

probably the best new author I know....x x x x x x x

27.05 | 14:17

Great review, can't wait to read over the holiday

27.05 | 13:49

Wonderful review. Really looking forward to reading this.

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