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Village View By James Collins, Neil Gosling
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A year living on Symi, a Greek island. James’ blog posts from 2013, edited and set out in printed form with images by Neil Gosling, take us through one whole year living on a small Greek island... More > in southeast Greece. From winter storms to summer visitors, from photo walks to book signings, and from goats to shrimp festivals, Village View gives us an upfront, honest and mildly edited account of James and Neil’s eleventh year on Symi. “Symi’s charm is in its people and the minutiae of their lives; James’s great talent lies in his careful observation of the absurd and the amusing, the dramas and the difficulties, because nothing in Symi is ever simple, and in reporting what he sees with kind humour and a writer’s eye for the details essential to lively travel writing.” Anne Zouroudi, author of Bloomsbury’s Greek Detective mysteries.< Less
Jason and the Sargonauts By James Collins
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“Readers will find themselves incapable of putting this book down.” – The Symi Visitor. A mysterious iron chest arrived on the island of Symi, Greece in 1882 and was immediately... More > hidden for its own safety. 121 years later and Jason is working as a holiday rep for SARGO holidays. When his grandmother turns up as one of his guests she brings with her a locked cigarette case, left to Jason by his recently departed grandfather and given to him on Symi in 1944. The case is opened and reveals a piece of music, but the music is not what it seems and Jason and his small group of pensioners soon realise that they have stumbled on a secret that has been kept hidden on Symi all these years. A secret both dangerous and valuable. Jason and the Sargonauts is a contemporary comedy adventure full of fun and mystery, ‘A comic, camp and musical Da Vinci Code.’< Less
Other People's Dreams By James Collins
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HARD BACK EDITION. Jake, a 34 year old screenplay writer, advertises for four, fit young lads to crew his boat in the Greek islands, but with "certain strings attached". He finds: Mark, 23... More > year old swimmer and a virgin. Paul, a tall red head. John, a tough, stocky lad and Luke, a blonde, angelic looking flirt. They set off to the boat and the islands but the lads soon start to wonder if there is more to the adventure than just the boat and the 'certain strings'. Jake is living out his ultimate screenplay, his fantasy, and there is something sinister behind it all. As the boys form relationships there is a continual undertone of eroticism and mystery which climaxes in the relationship between Jake and Luke - the boy who won't give in.< Less
You Wish By James Collins
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HARD BACK EDITION. "Perfect poolside reading" GScene magazine. A trainee witch, an East End lad made good, an art student and a homophobic gym instructor. Whoever could guess that a chance... More > meeting of these five people could lead to such madness and mayhem, could cause a riot on the Brighton gay scene and almost bring about the end of the world? Well, that’s exactly what happens when each one of them is granted one wish for one day. X-ray eyes, parents back from the dead, sex, wealth and as many wishes as you can manage. But… and there is always a but… for one day of your dreams come true you must suffer three days of the opposite, the downside. All will become clear when you dip into the strange and hilarious, bawdy and bonkers world of peter, Alan and their mates in this nude, crude and totally rude comedy novel.< Less