10 Novels Set In Greece

By Lemon & Olives
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Books set in GreeceEvery once in a while I’ll get an email asking if I know any good books that are set in Greece. It seems there are others out there that just can’t get enough of all the beauty and wonder that Greece has to offer.

Some want to read a few books to get them in the zone for an upcoming trip (the lucky ones), while others want to reminisce about a recent holiday, or experience what it would have been like to walk among the ancients, or hope to visit her shores one day.

I get it. As a matter of fact, I too do the same thing. I like to read a few fictional books that are set in a country I’ll be visiting before travelling to an area. Sometimes you can actually see some of the places you had read about, so that’s always a cool thing.

With that in mind, I decided to put together a list of books that are set in Greece. Some are set in modern day, others in ancient times. Historical fiction can be really fun to read; if you’ve never read one before, this may be a great opportunity.

So here are 10 books to get you started. They are listed in no particular order: 

  1. The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault – a historical novel set in ancient times. Story of  two young Athenians that include everything from the olympics, Sparta, to studying under Socrates. This author has also penned a lot of other novels set in ancient Greece.
  2. The King Must Die by Mary Renault – A novel about the mythical Theseus
  3. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – A twist/different look on the trojan war.
  4. Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield. This one is for all the 300 lovers and Spartan fans. It creatively tells the story of the mighty 300 that stood against the largest army in the world at the time.
  5. Tides of War by Steven Pressfield – Set during the Peloponnesian war of Sparta vs Athens.
  6. Greece: A Traveler’s Literary Companion by Artemis Leontis – This is a unique book. It has a collection of short stories set in Greece written by modern Greek writers – many of which appear in the book for the first time in english. Not useful for travel, but a great read of modern day Greek fiction.
  7. Murder in Mykonos by Jeffrey Siger – Detective Lovers rejoice, a whodunnit set in Mykonos.
  8. Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres – Set in a Greek island of Cephalonia (Kefalonia) when the Italian armies land on it’s shore during WWII.
  9. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis – . Arguably the most well known on the list. The story of friendship, happiness, and finding your kefi. You could also watch the movie, which is great!
  10. The Olympian: A Tale of Ancient Hellas by E.S. Kraay. Set in 480BC during the 75th olympics. Xerxes comes with a million men to take over Greece.
  11. Bonus! Because there always has to be one: The Ten Thousand: A Novel of Ancient Greece by Michael Curtis Ford – Set in 401BC, Xenophon and his army try to return home.

I know there are many other books out there, some I may have never even heard of. If you have any good recommendations for novels that aren’t listed that are set in Greece, please leave the info in the comment section below so we can all enjoy a good read!

Happy Reading

Kenton & Jane

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About the author

Lemon & Olives is a husband and wife team exploring the Mediterranean (Diet) Lifestyle, Greek foods, Greek Culture, History and all things Greece.

17 thoughts on “10 Novels Set In Greece”

  1. Mary Stewart has three mystery novels set in Greece: Moonspinners, This Rough Magic, My Brother Michael. Dated but so good!

  2. Oooh! As a former English major, big-time reading fanatic, and lover of travel and history, can’t wait to start reading many of these suggestions. I agree with the recommendations for Eleni and the Mary Stewart books. They are definitely worth reading!

  3. Wow— what a great list already!
    Neither of these authors are Greek, but they have written highly praised books about Greek travel, culture, and history.

    Dinner with Persephone: Travels in Greece
    By Patricia Storace

    Lawrence Durrell has written a lot on Greece.

  4. Thimio’s House by John Kefala Kerr is an amazingly sensual and politically incisive novel set in the beautiful Pelion region of Greece where the author lives. Set during the current economic crisis, it stimulates every sense—taste, touch, smell, sight and, uniquely, hearing!

  5. I’ve been trying to remember the name of a book I read set in a block of flats in Athens where two older men are trying to woo a slightly younger fellow tenant with food (it’s the food I’m after). Both suspect she is carrying on with the other and both are right, with hilarious consequences and delicious cooking ensuing .

    Be great if anyone else knows it

  6. These books are not set in Greece but they are set around a Greek Private Detective called Sofie Metropolis. There are 6 books in the series so far. Author Tori Carrington is the penname of husband and wife writing team Lori and Tony Karayianni.

  7. If you are into adult thrillers, there is a book series called Greek Island Mysteries with stand alone thriller/mysteries set in the Greek Isles. The Olympus Killer features Greek mythology and The Church Murders has elements from Greek religion. Both are set upon multiple islands.

  8. Definitely recommend Anne Zouroudi – her Greek detective novels have some of the best descriptions of Greece (especially the food!) that I have ever read!

  9. The Greek Village series by Sara Alexi, wonderful characters and stories. I love to have them on my Kindle and read them on the beach in Greece.

  10. What about My family and other animals by Gerald Durrell- quaint and funny- and what started the ball rolling for me with my love of all things Greek


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