The seahorse-shaped island of Evia – Euboia in classical history and Negroponte for many centuries – is the second largest in Greece, yet it is almost completely undiscovered by tourists. Separated from the mainland by only a sliver of sea, Evia has had a turbulent history. Today it encapsulates the Greece of decades ago – unspoilt and pristine, a haven for the more discerning traveller. Evia, Sara Wheeler's first book, is the story of a five-month journey she made from the southern tip to the north of the island. Instantly enchanted by the landscape and languid pace of Evia, Wheeler immersed herself in the local way of life, where she witnessed centuries-old traditions, attended a goatherd's wedding and Bronze-age excavations, was harassed by Orthodox nuns, and spent nights in monasteries and village homes. Her story is a beautifully rendered account of a way of life that in the rest of Greece has all but disappeared and of an island on the cusp of change.
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Sara Wheeler is the award-winning author of Travels in a Thin Country, a finalist for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award; Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica, a classic of polar literature and an international bestseller; the acclaimed Cherry and most recently, Too Close to the Sun – the life of Denys Finch Hatton.Review:
Praise for Wheeler's Terra Incognita*Compelling . . . leaves the reader with a visceral understanding of the mysterious, even sublime power the poles have exerted on the human imagination, and the desolate beauty that resides there amid the glaciers and icebergs and penguins.*--Michiko Kakutani, The New York TimesA triumph . . . I cannot believe that anything better will ever be written about Antarctica.* --Daily Telegraph
*The first funny book about Antarctica.* --Los Angeles Times*I have read many accounts of polar exploration, but never one which so touchingly describes its emotional topography. . . . What she has done could not be done better.* --Richard Eyre, The Independent Praise for Cherry*Utterly fascinating...Wheeler has given us an important new understanding of the most notorious calamity in the annals of twentieth-century exploration. Cherry is a wonderful book.*--Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air
*Beautifully written...Wheeler's vocabulary to evoke this luminous and cruel continent...appears limitless.*--Caroline Alexander, The New York Times Book Review
*Spellbinding...Cherry is an exquisite work.*--The Washington Post
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