Book News

Greece Between East and West – Culture and Geopolitics (Durrell Studies 7) 

is now published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing – this link takes you to the publishers’ website:


Foreword by Roderick Beaton
Editor’s Preface
Notes on Contributors
Chapter One: Introduction: Geopolitics and the Spirit of Place by Richard Pine

Political Life Past and Present
Chapter Two : A Voice in the Wilderness: Ion Dragoumis, Greece, and the West by John Mazis
Chapter Three : Leros: Foucault’s Node by Neni Panourgiá
Chapter Four: (Re)staging Thermopylae: Barriers, Borders and the Humanitarian Supply Chain at the European Frontier
by Chloe Howe Haralambous
Chapter Five : Cultural Memory and Social Habilitation: the refugee experience by Emilia Salvanou

Culture East and West
Chapter Six : The Lure of the Orient in Greek Music and Literature by Gail Holst-Warhaft
Chapter Seven : The Humanity of Medea by Spyros D. Orfanos
Chapter Eight : A Touch of Spice: Tassos Boulmetis in Conversation with Richard Pine

The Balkans and the Levant: Two Fictions and Three Cities
Chapter Nine : “The Howl” from To the Lake by Kapka Kassabova
Chapter Ten : The Conception and Composition of A Watermelon, a Fish and a Bible by Christy Lefteri
Chapter Eleven : “Bride of the Mediterranean”: Modern Alexandria and the Greek Legacy
by Robin Ostle
Chapter Twelve : İzmir 1922: A Port City Unravels by Reşat Kasaba
Chapter Thirteen : What Did W B Yeats Understand by “Byzantium”? by Roy Foster

India, China and the Rediscovery of Greece
Chapter Fourteen : Shaping the History of Modern Greek Literature in the Long 18th Century:
Between Tradition and Innovation by Stratos Myrogiannis
Chapter Fifteen : Early Buddhism and the Greeks by Richard Stoneman
Chapter Sixteen : Bengali Reception of Greece in the Colonial Era: Some Facets by Sirshendu Majumdar
Chapter Seventeen : Greece and the Expanding East: a modern aspect of the “Silk Road”
by Sophia Kalantzakos
Appendix : Some Notes on Lawrence Durrell in Greece, the Balkans and the Levant by Richard Pine

New book on Patrick Leigh Fermor

Dan Horatiu Popescu has just published “Layers of the Text and Context: Patrick Leigh Fermor & Friends” (ISBN 978 – 606 – 10 – 2123 – 9; Editura Universitatii din Oradea)

which has 4 sections:





In his Introduction Popescu emphasises that the “major focus was not on critical interpretations of the writer’s work or on theoretical endeavours engendered by the genre, but on going back in time in order to shed more light on several shattered fragments of literary history … Cultural memory, cultural identity, culinary identity, cultural stereotypes, antisemitism, nomadism, writing as itinerant & solitary experience, and travelling as a spiritual quest”.


Anaïs Nin and Lawrence Durrell, along with their mutual friend Henry Miller, formed a triumvirate they called the “three musketeers” in Paris during the 1930s. Not only did they support each other’s work before becoming individually famous, (Nin for her Diary, Durrell for his “Alexandria Quartet,” Miller for his Tropic novels), they formed life-long friendships that endure in their correspondence.

For the first time, Nin’s letters to Durrell and several of his responses are in print, revealing the origins, depth, longevity and pitfalls of their complex relationship. As Durrell writes to Nin in 1967, “Sometimes one quite inadvertently hurts friends and loses them without meaning to, without wanting to, and spends the rest of their life in puzzled me-fulness, chewing the cud and wondering. Not me. Toujours, here I am, your old friend.”

Spanning forty years, these letters follow the lives of two important writers from the time they were seeking their authentic voices until each had achieved what they had long sought: literary and personal fame.

The letters are edited, with an introduction and annotations, by Paul Herron (who has previously edited Nin’s letters to her father, and has published Café in Space – the Anaïs Nin Literary Journal), The edition has a foreword by Richard Pine (director of the Durrell Library of Corfu).

This book is available from, or directly from SKY BLUE PRESS (


In the Footsteps





Hilary Whitton Paipeti

The cover of the original (1998) edition of Hilary Paipeti’s “In the Footsteps…”

We are delighted to announce the new REVISED and EXPANDED edition of Hilary’s indispensable book, NOW AVAILABLE AS AN E-BOOK from:

(Please note, this is NOT available in a print edition – it is EXCLUSIVELY an E-BOOK)

Hilary writes: This ebook is based on the paperback edition ‘In the Footsteps of Lawrence Durrell and Gerald Durrell in Corfu, 1935-1939’, by Hilary
Whitton Paipeti, published in Corfu in 1998 (second edition 1999), and
reviewed in the London Sunday Times as ‘Travel Book of the Week’. The
original text has been much expanded and contains new information, as
well as taking on-the-ground changes into consideration.
Enduring interest in Lawrence and Gerald Durrell means that many
people now visit Corfu in the hope of following in the footsteps of
the family and their friends. Other people simply seek to read
additional information about the brothers’ time on the island as an
aid to enjoying their books. It is for both groups of people – those
seeking an actual experience, and those happy with a vicarious one –
that this book was written.
But the book is equally a guide to the island of Corfu. Taking the
Durrell brothers and their companions as a starting point, it propels
the reader on an excursion through the island’s town and countryside,
and across the range of its history and culture, often in a quirky and
anecdotal manner. You will find out where the Durrells lived, which
locations they visited, and whom they spent time with. For a hands-on
experience, there are walks in and around Durrell-related localities,
and recipes to try – and you read more about other characters
mentioned (or not) in the books. In the second half, a number of
articles of interest to Durrell enthusiasts have been gathered
together for the first time. To obtain a taste of the contents, you
may download a FREE BONUS from the Durrell Footsteps website, which
showcases a selection of articles from the book.

Due to file size limitations, photographs appear on a dedicated page within
the website, and are cross-referenced in the text.


The Durrell Library of Corfu

is delighted to announce the publication by

Cambridge Scholars Publishing




in a two-volume hardback edition

edited by Richard Pine

This unique collection of work by Lawrence Durrell brings together a vast range of unpublished and ephemeral material spanning his entire writing career, illustrating the diversity, candour, depth of interests and humanity, humour, philosophical imagination and critical and aesthetic vision of one of the twentieth century’s leading poets and novelists.

Illustrated throughout with photographs, cartoons by Lawrence and Nancy Durrell, manuscript notes by Durrell and memorabilia, ENDPAPERS & INKLINGS provides the general reader, the specialist and the book collector with an unprecedented insight into Durrell’s creativity and literary craftsmanship.

The collection is dedicated to Françoise Kestsman

The Editor: Richard Pine is Director of the Durrell Library of Corfu, and author of Lawrence Durrell: the Mindscape. He has previously edited Lawrence Durrell’s novels Judith and The Placebo. His numerous publications include The Diviner: the art of Brian Friel (1999), The Disappointed Bridge: Ireland and the Post-Colonial World (2014), Greece Through Irish Eyes (2015), The Minor Mythologies as Popular Literature: a student’s guide to texts and films (2018). He is a columnist for The Irish Times and Kathimerini and an obituarist for The Guardian, and editor of the online C.20 – an international journal.

978-1-5275-3847-4 (Volume One) £76.99, 978-1-5275-3898-6 (Volume Two) £76.99

Lawrence Durrell’s Endpapers and Inklings 1933-1988 volumes 1 and 2 can be purchased from

with a 25% discount

if you apply “ENDPAPERS25” to your online purchase



General Introduction

Lawrence Durrell: A Brief Chronology

Part One: Durrell on Durrell

To sing on unfaltering, at peace”
Self-Portrait: An Indian Childhood and a Greek Awakening
Blue Thirst”: Recollections of Corfu
Propaganda and Impropaganda: The Diplomat

Part Two: The Artist’s Eye

Pen as Pencil
Mary Mollo
Preface to Carlos Freire, L’Esprit des Lieux
The Art of John Veltri
Reno Wideson – Cyprus
George Pol Georgiou
Preface to Bill Brandt, Perspectives of Nudes
Preface to Rodolphe Hammadi, Carnavalet: regards sur un musée
Amy Nimr
Preface to Barbara Robinson, Lumières
The Paintings of Henry Miller

Part Three: Fictions

The Cherries”
The Will-Power Man”
The Magnetic Island”
Sappho – An Unfinished Novel

Part Four: Durrell at War

Introduction – Letters to Anaïs Nin
Letters to Elizabeth Smart, 1940
Letters to George Seferis, 1940
Keith Douglas – Alamein to Zem Zem
Return to Oasis”

Part Five: Spirit of Place

  1. Travel and travelogues  
The Magic of Islands
Introduction to Paul Gotch, Three Caravan Cities
Foreword to Freya Stark, The Journey’s Echo
Geneva – The diplomatic capital of Europe, the city of conciliation”
The Viennese Temper”
  1. Greece, the Balkans and the Levant
    Ionian Profile”, 1937
    Preface to Ilias Venezis, Aeolia, 1949
    Letters to Gostan Zarian, 1937-1951
    From a Winter Journal”, 1947
    Dreams, Divinations” – a deleted chapter from Reflections on a Marine Venus
    Preface to Erotokritos
    The Poetry of Elytis
    George Seferis
    Cyprus: from The Economist 1954-55, and The Times 1964 and 1970
    Yugoslavia, 1949
    Foreword to Dorothy Bohm, Egypt
    Foreword to E M Forster: Alexandria: a History and a Guide
    Alexandria, Cairo and Upper Egypt, 1977
(iii) Paris and Provence
Preface to David Gascoyne, Paris Journal 1937-39
Richard Aldington: Two Tributes
Preface to Diane Deriaz, La Tête à L’Envers
Hans Reichel
The Vines in Winter”
Preface to Antony Daniells, Uzès en Dessins
The Plant-Magic Man”
A Literary Menu
Pierre Mac Orlan
Claude Seignolle


Part Six: Durrell on Miller

The Happy Rock”
Watermark of the Angel: Miller’s Birthday”, 1976
Henry Miller: Studies in Genius”, 1949
Introduction, The Best of Henry Miller, 1959
The Mind and Art of Henry Miller”, 1967
Preface to Dear Dear Brenda, 1986

Part Seven: Dramas and Screenplays

The Boy Who Saw”
The Beautiful Pickpocket”
Two pieces about Sappho, 1960, 1961
A Note on Acte or the Prisoners of Time, 1961
Black Honey an historical farce, 1945
Two treatments for Cleopatra, 1960-61
Oedipus: The Limping Man”, 1965-66

Part Eight: Essays, Lectures, Reviews and Introductions

  1. Writers and the craft of writing
    Lawrence Durrell and John Hawkes: a conversation, 1986
    From a Writer’s Journal”, 1947
    The Good Life”, 1962
    Introduction to New Poems 1963: a British P.E.N. Anthology
    Dylan Thomas
    Roy Campbell
    Henri Michaux – The Poet of Supreme Solipsism”
    The Minor Mythologies”
  1. The Worlds of Sex
    Foreword to Henry Miller: The World of Sex
    Djuna Barnes
    D H Lawrence
(iii) Lectures, California, 1974
  1. Reviews and Introductions, 1939-1988

Part Nine: Incorrigibilia

Bromo Bombastes: a fragment from a laconic drama, 1933
“Sportlight” from The Booster, 1937
“Obituary Notice – a Tragedy”, 1937
“Yorick’s Column”, 1941
“Continental Sunday”
“Maiden Over”
“The Price of Glory: Gleanings from a Writer’s In-Tray”

Part Ten: “The Asides of Demonax”

Frontispiece: Lawrence Durrell, “a juvenile Buddha who has just stolen the cream”
Volume One:
1 Anaïs Nin, inscription to Lawrence Durrell, Paris, 1938
2 A French newspaper cutting, 1970s, “Une prostituée découverte morte”
3 The White House, Kalami, Corfu
4 “Shrine of St Arsenius”, Corfu
5 The sailor Niko, Corfu, 1930s
6 Monks at Palaeiokastritsa, Corfu, 1930s
7 Procession of St Spyridon, Corfu Town, 1930s
8 The Liston arcades, Corfu Town
9 Lawrence Durrell at Delphi
10 The oracle, Delphi
11 Henry Miller and George Katsimbalis, Athens, 1939
12 George Katsimbalis and Lawrence Durrell, Athens, 1940
13 A manuscript page with doodles by Lawrence Durrell
14 Lawrence Durrell at work as Oscar Epfs
15 Lawrence Durrell, portrait by Brassaï
16 Nancy Durrell’s design for the title page, The Magnetic Island
17, 18, 19 Nancy Durrell’s illustrations for The Magnetic Island
20 Lawrence Durrell, self-portrait with Nancy, 1940
21 Lawrence Durrell, letter to Marie Aspioti, 1955
22 Lawrence Durrell with Theodore Stephanides and Alan Thomas
23 Lawrence Durrell with George Seferis, Cyprus, 1953
24 Cyprus: Lawrence Durrell’s diary, 1955
25 Lawrence Durrell at Abu Simbel, 1977 (BBC Archive photo)
26 Lawrence Durrell, inscription in Paris des Poètes, 1977
27 Durrell à Sommières, book cover
28 Lawrence Durrell and Ludo Chardenon, 1970s
29 Lawrence Durrell and Claude Seignolle, 1970s
Volume Two:
30 Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell
31 Filmscript of “Justine” by Lawrence B Marcus, with Lawrence Durrell’s comment
32 Lawrence Durrell, title page for Sappho
33 Lawrence Durrell, design for An Irish Faustus, 1987
34 A sample of Lawrence Durrell’s type- and hand-written notes for lectures at California Institute of Technology, 1974
35 Lawrence Durrell, sketch from lecture on James Joyce, 1974
36 “Oscar Epfs” sketch for Montségur (?), 1987-88
37 The title page of the first edition of Bromo Bombastes, 1933
38 George Curwen Wilkinson, illustration for Bromo Bombastes, 1933
39 “Nancy Norden”, cartoon for “Obituary Notice”, 1937
40 Lawrence Durrell, cover of “Asides of Demonax”, 1985
41 Lawrence Durrell, “Cunégonde”, c. 1985
42 Sappho Durrell, cartoon of Lawrence Durrell, 1972

Announcing the publication of


Gemma Salem was a neighbour and friend of Lawrence Durrell from 1979 until his death.

This series of reminiscences, and conversations about Durrell with Stéphane Héaume, is illustrated with numerous photos and facsimiles of Durrell’s letters to the author.  It is an illuminating record of a friendship between two authors based on their mutual love of literature and life itself.
Gemma Salem is now highly regarded as the author of nine novels and six plays.

The Durrell Log

a chronology of the life and times of Lawrence Durrell

by Brewster Chamberlin


A third, completely revised, edition of this indispensable work has been published by Colenso Books (UK)


2 important new books were launched at PLOUS bookshop on Monday 30 September 

“This Spinning World” is a collection of stories by former DLC director JIM POTTS

“The Golden Face” is a translation into Greek (with parallel text of the English original) of THEODORE STEPHANIDES’s poems by VERA KONIDARI, co-director of the DLC festivals “Islands of the Mind” (2019) and “Borders and Borderlands” colenso_poster_v1



New book on The Gardens of Corfu


Greenest of the Greek islands, Corfu has long inspired artists, writers, and travellers with the beauty of its natural landscapes and intrigued them with its unusual cultural history. This first-ever book on Corfu’s gardens focuses entirely on private gardens, which range from romantic old estates and highly personal ‘grandmothers’ gardens’ to stunning contemporary works by international designers. A series of in-depth portraits shows how design ideals have evolved, influenced by global and mediterranean design trends but respecting the local spirit of place and drawing on local craft traditions in stone, terracotta, and wrought iron. The newer gardens are designed for sustainability, conserving water and drawing inspiration from the surrounding natural landscape. Tracing the roots of their inspiration, the book’s last chapter explores the island’s varied wild landscape and the procession of wildflowers through the seasons. The magnificent illustrations are by Marianne Majerus, who won the 2018 IGPOTY European Garden Photography award for one of the photographs in the book.

Text by Rachel Weaving, Photographs by Marianne Majerus, Foreword by Mary Keen

About the authors

Rachel Weaving is an author, garden maker, and adviser on garden design who divides her time between Washington, DC and Corfu. She has an RHS certificate in Horticulture and studied at the Oxford College of Garden Design. Reach her at

Marianne Majerus is one of Europe’s finest garden photographers. Winner of multiple awards, her most recent books include Gardens of the Italian Lakes, Great Gardens of London, and Garden Design: A Book of Ideas. Reach her at

Mary Keen, author of the Preface, is a garden designer, author, and lecturer. She is a frequent contributor to garden magazines and a columnist for the UK newspaper The Telegraph. The most recent of her five books is Paradise and Plenty: A Rothschild Family Garden.

Hardbound with dust jacket, 256 pages, 290 photographs, Published by Impress, 95/156 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1BZ.

Price £49.95/€55

Copies can be ordered through AMAZON or BOOK DEPOSITORY


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