. Yiannis Books - stories of Corfu and Greece
Yiannis Books

John Waller was born in Hythe, Kent in 1940 and was evacuated. After Cambridge University, he trained as an engineer at IBM and set up and ran a successful computer company in 1969. In 1970, he and his Danish wife built a minute house in Corfu, where he has written his seven non-fiction books after his retirement in 1999. He was Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Twickenham in 1979, 1983 and 1987.

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India, the Balkans and Greece in 2015

Two Cambridge students hitchhike to India through Tito’s Yugoslavia and Greece, recently under German occupation and then divided by civil war. In Turkey John records the deportation of Armenians to Syria where ISIS is today. In Iran, the CIA coup creates real danger for John. In Amritsar, there is anger over partition, and in Delhi they have tea with Indira Gandhi. John revisits India, discusses the refugee crisis and Syrian Civil War in the Balkans and lives the Greek tragedy.

“This is a really interesting piece of work, which blends personal anecdote and adventure with the history and politics of the places visited on an epic journey.” – Vince Cable, November 2015

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With friends, flowers and food

Three septuagenarians walk 180km of the Corfu Trail in eight days, from 18-30’s Kavos to picturesque Agni. The three oldies photograph flowers and sample Corfiot cuisine. Each day their local guest-walkers tell their stories. These 15 interviews help one understand Corfu. The maps and description of their walk will be invaluable for those who want to experience this spectacular and hilarious hike. The photos of the flowers are the first published for the island.
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Captures the magic” – Daily Mail  “An enchanting book” – Ramblers World Wide

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The arrival of the Black and Tans

"In that early summer of 1920 the political storm clouds had gathered around Ireland. The dream of Independence, for which the blood of seven centuries had so often flowed, appeared as elusive and remote as ever. Promises, half promises and innuendoes evaporated, leaving first disillusionment, then bitterness and now open and active hostility … a crowning insult had been inflicted upon a harassed and poverty-stricken Ireland, when English jails provided 'soldiers' considered suitable to deal with the Irish question.
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"A remarkable account of the end of British rule" - The Irish Post

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An odyssey in Corfu

"It is said that it is best to see an island from the sea. It is like seeing a girl from a distance. As you get closer her features become clearer: the curves of the mountains, the colours of the hills and the sparkle of the windows in little houses, woken by the rising sun. Nothing could have been better than the sight of Corfu as Jannie and I sailed on the Brindisi ferry through the Corfu Channel early on a June morning in 1966..."
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"Wildly entertaining" - Evening Standard

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Avrio never comes

"My first job is to check that George 'Pink Palace' Grammenos has moved his water pipes from my land where the bulldozer will be constructing the road. Not surprisingly, the pipes are still there, just as they were six weeks ago, when he promised to move them to the empty olive grove next door. "Avrio!" he had said. Tomorrow!
I go ballistic. Nobody, but nobody, is going to delay the project. If he won't remove them I'll just cut them and throw them next door."
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"Essential reading" - Daily Mail

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A thirty-year journey

Corfu's World Heritage Site and villages, as seen through the eyes of an artist who has lived on the island since 1961. Enjoy five walks: along the Tourist Trail; through the Venetian Old Town to the Mourayia, the sea walls; to the Jewish Quarter and its synagogue; up the hill to the smart end of town and via the Old Port to the market. Then join in the Easter parade. Visit 30 villages, meet their people and see the work they do. Look carefully, little has changed. This will be a journey you will always treasure.
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"A remarkable book” - Anglo-Hellenic Review

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From Corfu to Zagoria

"When we first announced our intention of buying a house and living in Zagoria, a virtually unknown area of Greece close to the Albanian border, our friends looked at us askance. Clearly they were thinking, "They’re crazed with the spell of far Zagoria. It has stolen their wits away!" Well, if our wits have been ‘stolen away’ we can only say we are a good deal happier without them. Our life here, in the village of Koukouli, could not be more contented, more rewarding and trouble free. This is the story of our search for an idyll which, unlike most Holy Grails, we eventually found and held on to. As with all stories it has a beginning and, in our case, that beginning happens to be in Corfu. So, read on – come with us on our quest and delight with us, witless as we are, in that quest’s end."
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"What makes this different from other "No Going Back" sagas is how the authors have engaged with their neighbours and helped keep an isolated community alive." - Marc Dubin, co-author, Rough Guide to Greece

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A single-handed epic in 1930

On Saturday June 14 1930, my Irish father, Otway Waller stayed with his friend and gunrunner, Conor O’Brien, in Foynes, Co. Limerick. Next morning he set sail, along the circumnavigation route taken seven years before by Conor in his yacht Saoirse (Freedom), in his own epic single-handed cruise to the Canary Islands in his 26ft yawl. Returning home on the Yeoward Line s/s Aguila, he fell in love – with my mother. Back in Ireland he had a problem: he was already married with a son, Peter.
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"An invention by which a yacht may be made to run indefinitely before the wind, with no one at the tiller, has been introduced by an Irish yachtsman. The voyage that Captain Waller made alone in a little 6-ton yawl from his home in Ireland to Las Palmas, a distance of some 1,600 mile, is almost an epic of the sea, while it goes to prove how much hammering a small, well built boat will stand at sea." - Tatler, April 21, 1931

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