How often do you read a book that stays with you? It’s rare that I find myself feeling totally immersed in someone’s world from the moment I start reading, let alone finding their words lingering in my mind long after I’ve turned the final page. All of these things are true of my experience reading My Greek Island Home by Claire Lloyd. Greece has always been a special place for me as the summers of my happier childhood years were spent exploring many of the islands. As a family we’d hire a tiny motor boat, a pack lunch and set off onto the millpond-like Mediterranean waters with my Dad steering us into rocky coves so we could jump off and snorkel for hours. We’d always be full of anticipation at what we might discover, the caves we would explore and the tiny tavernas full of locals that we’d moor up right outside on the beach. We would enjoy traditional Greek dishes as our little vessel bobbed up and down just across the sand in the crystal clear waters. My brother and I would lie in our beds at night and much to his annoyance I would also complain that I felt like I was still bobbing around on the boat!
These special memories are what resonated with me as I read My Greek Island Home. Claire’s inspiring story follows her journey from London to Lesvos, each moment along the way is told through her spirited and evocative words that sit beautifully next to her rich, grainy photographs. Her visuals capture the texture, warmth, colour and spirit of Greek life so that you can really feel as though you are right there on Lesvos with her. The book details how Claire and her partner Matthew set up life on the island, from finding their dream home to the people they’ve met and befriended in their village to traditional recipes learned from neighbours. My Greek Island Home is a beautiful book that reminds the reader how the simple pleasures of life really are the best. Have you read My Greek Island Home? Or travelled to Greece? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
// Photography by Will Taylor