Reviews of Travellers' Greece:
In the selections in Travellers' Greece, [the compiler] has trawled the treasure trove of writings by visitors who travelled in Greece in earlier days, mainly from the 17th to the 19th century. The texts have been pruned of any excessive archaism or print conventions that hinder accessibility, but their essence remains intact, and extremely revealing. Tomkinson has not confined himself to Philhellenes, though their writings outnumber the negative accounts. But whatever their source, these excerpts say as much about their authors and their backgrounds as they do about Greece.
'Whether it is the American poet N. Parker Willis perturbed by the sight of British soldiers on Corfu in 1850, or Sir Kenelm Digby filching marbles while on a naval campaign to harass the Turks in 1727, there's plenty to delight and enrage here.... it is certain that many will be inspired to consult the original works.' Kathimerini (English Edition)
'Over the years, travellers that have set foot in this part of the Mediterranean have both been charmed and overwhelmed by the country’s unique culture. The recent publication Travellers’ Greece: Memories of an Enchanted Land … is a comprehensive and extensive anthology of travel writing, comprising the views and impressions of over one hundred visitors to Greece, spanning a period of more than three centuries (from the late 16th to the early 20th). Illustrated with beautiful artworks depicting the most characteristic Greek landscapes and monuments (old prints, lithographs, sketches and paintings by foreign artists which have been reproduced in black-and- white here), this is certainly a well researched book which displays how this land has enchanted and angered many with its (for them) peculiar and exotic ways of life…
The anthology comprises some rare and now difficult to access works. The names you will come across might not be the most familiar (from the Rev Rufus Anderson, a clergyman visiting in 1828, to Chateaubriand, a Breton army officer and Dr. Corrigan, physician of the Queen in Ireland), but this is exactly what makes this book interesting research. ' Athens News
'From waterspouts in the Ionian sea to vampires on Mykonos, this book is of interest to anyone visiting Greece and especially those who love the history and culture of Greece. The book has 608 pages and 81 illustrations and is great companion reading during a trip to Greece. 'Matt's Pick' in Matt Barrett's Greece Travel Guides