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Out of the Rat Race Into the Fire: Life on a Remote Greek Island

By Paul Delahunt-Rimmer


This book describes the beauty of Amorgos, the clear blue sea and sky, golden sandy beaches and the spectacular mountains. It introduces the generous and friendly islanders and their traditional culture.

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‘We went to collect our post one day and Anna was giggling away and laying all the letters on the road outside the post office. We thought that this was a rather bizarre practice, but you get used to most things on Amorgos. When we got closer we noticed that all the letters and parcels were soaking wet. She was putting them in the sun to dry. We said ‘What happened?’ ‘Have you had a plumbing leak in the shop?’ ‘No’ she said, ‘They were throwing the mail sacks off the ship onto the quay and this one missed and went into the sea.’

An airline pilot and management consultant, and his wife Henrietta, downsizing to live like pesants on the remote Greek island of Amorgos. From mains water and electricity to collecting rain water and lighting their house with oil lamps and candles. From the comforts of a ‘flight deck’ and a Jaguar XJS to an inhospitable ‘ship deck’ and a donkey. From the stresses of civilisation to a simple island existence.

This book describes the beauty of Amorgos, the clear blue sea and sky, golden sandy beaches and the spectacular mountains. It introduces the generous and friendly islanders and their traditional culture. The author perfectly captures the unique philosophy of the island. The donkey identity parade, the toddle left on the ferry, the naked postman, the aged aunt who was mistakenly purchased with the house, an alternative use for prayer books and how to make raki.

It is all here, along with many insights into the life of the islanders whose families have lived on Amorgos for centuries.

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