• This is what I love about the English

    by  •  • Posterous

    Nigel McGilchrist’s self-published 20-part series on the islands of the Aegean
    is an undertaking of epic proportions. He talks to Max Davidson.

    Greek islands guide: A literary Odyssey of island life

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    Colourful houses in a small fishing village on the island of Milos 

    Every publisher’s nightmare? Or every reader’s dream? When the publisher Blue
    Guides asked Nigel McGilchrist, an art historian, to write a guide to the
    Greek islands, it never expected what it got – a manuscript that ran to
    nearly 600,000 words, three times the agreed length. McGilchrist’s
    enthusiasm for his subject, which he researched for the best part of six
    years, was like a runaway horse.

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