John Mole

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After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in French and German and with an MBA from the INSEAD business school in France, John Mole spent fifteen years criss-crossing Europe and the Middle East for an American bank. He was based in the USA, London and Greece. He restored an old stone house on the island of Evia, which the family goes back to every year.

His fortieth birthday present to himself was to quit salaried employment. The main reason was to write full time. He reviewed the modern French novel and 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 available in twenty languages
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Average rating: 3.61 · 638 ratings · 94 reviews · 12 distinct worksSimilar authors
It's All Greek to Me!: A Ta...

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I Was a Potato Oligarch: Tr...

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Mind Your Manners: Managing...

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The Sultan's Organ

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Sail Or Return

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Thanks, Eddie

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The Monogamist

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Harley and the Holy Mountain

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Management Mole

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I read the trilogy Imperium-Lustrum-Dictator about the life of Cicero in one go. Brilliant evocation of a brilliant man and a thrilling investigation into the nature and (mis)uses of power in a time of radical political change.
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The Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller
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Re-read this in Greece after 40 years. Some stunning still-fresh passages. Full of energy and destructive wit. Not so much about Greece as a meditation inspired by a year or so in Greece.
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Essays in Idleness by Yoshida Kenkō
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Entertaining, perceptive golden nuggets of existential wisdom mixed in with thirteenth century gossip.
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Midnight at the Pera Palace by Charles  King
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My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
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In Siberia by Colin Thubron
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“One of the first lessons of life in Greece is that everything is difficult and nothing is impossible.”
John Mole, It's All Greek to Me!: A Tale of a Mad Dog and an Englishman, Ruins, Retsina--and Real Greeks

“It was my first dead body and I waited for the appropriate feelings. I didn't know what feelings to expect, which was worse than realising that I had none.”
John Mole, It's All Greek to Me!: A Tale of a Mad Dog and an Englishman, Ruins, Retsina--and Real Greeks

“I was sometimes irritated by the unrelenting inquisitiveness and criticism, but there was no shortage of help or advice or just someone to talk to if I needed it. It was hard to imagine a foreigner descending on an English community and being welcomed with such immediate acceptance and hospitality.”
John Mole, It's All Greek to Me!: A Tale of a Mad Dog and an Englishman, Ruins, Retsina--and Real Greeks

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