In an earlier thread I promised to share with Maud some of my favourite literature about Crete, apologies it has taken a while to post this listThe Eagles of Crete
Heroes of the resistance become guerillas in hiding as civil war breaks out in Crete in April 1947. Colin James’ book describes in great detail the aftermath of the conflict between rival resistance groups, the communists are defeated in a battle in the Samaria Gorge in 1948 and many escape to the mountains. Incredibly it is not until February 1975 that the two remaining fugitives, the Eagles of Crete, accept an amnesty. This is a fascinating read for those interested in the post WWII history of Crete.Hide & Seek
Xan FieldingThe Stroghold
Xan Fielding was a contemporary of Patrick Leigh Fermor, both were members of the SOE on Crete. Hide & Seek records Fielding’s time on Crete during the German occupation whilst The Stronghold recalls his return to the island in 1951. Not great works of literature but interesting for students of the period.Travels and Researches in Crete Vol 1
Thomas A B Spratt
An unabridged facsimile of the original book published in 1865, very detailed and very dry, that’s perhaps why I have yet to get around to reading Volume IIHistory of Crete
Theocharis E Dektorakis
I think this book has been mentioned previously on the forum, it is highly recommended. From Neolithic Crete to the Battle of Crete in 440 pages, probably the best overview of the history of Crete in the English language.
Nikos KazantzakisFreedom or Death
(Greek title Captain Michalis)
Although to most English readers Zorba the Greek is his best known work I much prefer Freedom or Death, fabulous prose and a great insight into Cretan life under Turkish rule, a stunning work by a brilliant writer.
There are plenty of travel and walking guides to Crete see Jean Bienvenu’s inspirational West-Crete website and be sure to look at his photograph of the day for the best Cretan photography – thanks Jean:-http://www.west-crete.com/books-crete.htm
I hope you enjoy the read and I hope other forum members will share their Cretan book choices.