Gillian Bouras
An Australian
Living in Greece

Seeing and BelievingSeeing

and Believing



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‘What happened next? What happened to the boys?

Once upon a lifetime, twenty-five years ago or more, I wrote a book called A Foreign Wife. In it I recorded my experiences during my first five years in the Peloponnesian village to which I had unexpectedly migrated in 1980.’

Life in the Peloponnese continues to delight and challenge Gillian Bouras: Seeing and Believing resumes the narrative as her sons create their own families and time delivers a fresh crop of joys and heartaches, to which she tries to adjust.

Acutely responsive to what she calls ‘the conspiracy of beauty in Greece,’ she celebrates the natural world in prose that indicates a lifelong engagement with words. Global events send her to historians for enlightenment, while tragedy closer to home—fire, unexpected death—prompts reflection on the solace of contrasting creeds. In between she observes the human comedy with dry humour.


Gillian Bouras


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Gillian Bouras 2018