Me


I work as an independent editor, writer and agent.
My work blog is www.jennifer-barclay.blogspot.com

Here's how I came to be an editor and writer of travel memoirs:
https://thebooktrail.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/booktrailers-unite-jennifer-barclay-author-and-ultimate-traveller/

Falling in Honey: Life and Love on a Greek Island was published in 2013 in the UK as a book and audiobook, and later in the US & Canada, Bulgaria, Poland and Latvia.

My first book Meeting Mr Kim: Or How I Went to Korea and Learned to Love Kimchi is available in e-book in the UK and paperback in Australia. 
'Enjoyed MEETING MR KIM on S Korea... an interesting contrast to our recent experience of the north' - Neil M
'Loving it... Really great book' - Mikey
'Entertaining and enlightening... the whole ethos of seeing places and experiencing them for what they are, immersing yourself in the culture of the area is wonderful, and a lesson that I will happily take with me' - Neil 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Meeting-Mr-Kim-Learned-Kimchi-ebook/dp/B005KD7MEY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399598500&sr=8-1&keywords=Meeting+Mr+Kim

I also compiled A Literary FeastThe Walker's Friend and The Traveller's Friend, and was co-editor with Amy Logan of AWOL: Tales for Travel-Inspired Minds.

I'm English - I was born in Manchester and grew up in Saddleworth on the edge of the Pennines - but have lived in Greece, Canada and France, with longish stays in Guyana, South Korea and Australia. I now live mostly on the Greek island of Tilos in the south Aegean.

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Here I am being a famous expat in Islands magazine (bottom row, right hand side)!



35 comments:

  1. So glad to have found your blog! And can't wait for the new book to come out in the North American market!

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  2. I just returned from Tilos, it is the land of my grandparents...I am so sad I hadn't gone earlier. I understand the new mayor is a woman. Would you happen to have her contact information?

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    1. Hello! Lovely to hear from you, and I hope you'll be coming back. Yes, our mayor is the amazing Maria Kamma. I don't have her email but you can find her either through the official Tilos website www.tilos.gr, or through the Tilos Facebook page where she regularly posts beautiful photos and videos of island life.

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  3. Dear Jennifer, I have just started to read your book Falling in Honey and have spent much of the evening reading it out loud to my partner. Some of your descriptions echo so much of my own wonderful experiences in Greece. The smells, sounds and sights in Greece are truly addictive. I got to know the country through a year long work secondment to Athens last year and took time to travel around. I returned to a remote area this year I had visited a few times and spent three wonderful weeks wild camping on the beach - looking at the stars and listening to the waves at night. A great escape from my busy corporate life. And I wondered if only every day could be like that. I will keep reading your book... Neil

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  4. I have just read Falling in Honey. I have visited seven Greek Islands (but have not been to Tilos) and for me, your book was a very happy stroll down memory lane - with just a hint of envy "I want to do that too!"
    Thanks for the memories - and the good read.

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  5. Who edited your book? What an anticlimax! Messy.

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    1. ha ha! you think so?! Life is messy. But I couldn't imagine a happier ending. US edition has a slightly different ending.

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  6. Hi Jennifer,

    Reading your book and descriptions of Greece filled me with the kind of happiness I only feel that first moment I walk through the plane door and step foot in Greece. I absolutely adore Greece (although have only been a handful of times...so far), it feels like home to me. I will be booking 2 weeks in Lindos, Rhodes this summer and hope to visit Tilos while I'm there. Your story is so inspiring, I can't tell you how encouraging it is that you did it alone. I hope one day I can do the same but may have to wait for my 11 year old daughter to be a bit older! Perhaps she'll go to Rhodes University and I'll live in a little house on Tilos...I can dream!!

    Thank you so much for sharing this blog, I'm up to April 2012 so far - your life makes me happy!

    Hope this winter isn't too bad over there...
    Georgie

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    1. Hi Georgie,

      Thank you so much for this lovely message. I remember that feeling of arriving in Greece! And it still gives me a thrill when I arrive back here after a trip. I hope you make it to Tilos this summer and I'd love to say hello, so feel free to get in touch closer to the time.

      Warm wishes from Tilos, where we have warm sunshine and blue sky today, and it is calm and nothing at all like the terrible winters everywhere else that I'm reading about... Enjoy planning your summer holiday!

      Jen

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  7. I would love to say hello if I make it over to Tilos! I will drop you a line either on here or fb closer to the time. I've sent http://www.michalis-studios.gr/ an email as you suggested in one of your previous blogs to see what their rates are for just one night in July. Unless you know of anywhere that's more suited for just one night, i.e. very basic and cheap!?

    Glad your winter isn't as bad as ours - floods everywhere! Although it's not likely to be, you're in Greece after all!

    Thanks Jen

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    1. There are lots of basic and cheap rooms in various bits of the island. The cheapest ones tend not to have websites, of course, but in July you'd probably expect to pay about 35 euros for one person for one night. There are also Nitsa Apartments and Eristos Beach hotel at Eristos beach. Late July is busy, but early July you shouldn't have a problem...

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  8. Hi Jennifer

    I've just finished reading "Falling in Honey" and thoroughly enjoyed it, loved all your descriptions of a near deserted Tilos, reminded me of when we first went to Corfu in 1976. We stayed in Acharavi where there was nothing there but one taverna visiting Kavos by boat and that was equally deserted, I wouldn't recognise the place now. The thing I couldn't get my head round after reading your blog is if the book was printed in March 2013 and you described the August festival, that had to be August 2012, how come this was the first New Year you've spent on Tilos, weren't you there for Christmas 2012? Great book, thank you for sharing it.

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    1. Thanks, Averil! Have been on the island since 2011 but usually spend Christmas and New Year with my lovely family in England... Circumstances stopped me from going back this year, which gave me an opportunity to spend the season in Tilos instead, and I'm so glad I did.

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  9. We visited Tilos just once, in 1998. We've been to many of the islands (Lipsi is one of our favourites) but reading your book brought back memories or ouf stay there, in the Olympos Apartments in Livadia. The beach looks very different now - then the 'beach road' was little more than a rough stretch with just one hotel (the Eleni?) with nice gardens. The square now is almost unrecognisable, much more built up it seems. I remember there being a cafe, a taverna (where we left our camera one day and the owner returned it to us a couple of days later when he could find out where we were - but that's typical of Greece and the lovely people). I seem to remember there was also an English couple who had just opened a bar, or ice cream place in the square too (?). There was a holiday rep called Pete who was very knowledgeable and there had been someone whose name I can't remember (a B in his name?) who lived there and was also very knowledgeable. I remember we found the story of the two young soldiers who died on the hillside during the war very poignant, and seeing the crosses marking the spot where they died. It's always fascinating to read someone else's account of a place one has visited. Thanks for bringing back those memories. It would be lovely to know if you recognise any of what I've remembered from your getting to know the island.

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    1. Hello, and thanks for the message! I didn't visit Tilos until 2008, so I don't remember it that way, though of course many people have told me about it (and was the other knowledgeable person called Barry?). Tilos has changed a lot, and yet it's still a million miles away from the really developed and touristy islands in spirit, thankfully. Lipsi I visited first in 1991 and loved it; it too had changed by the time I went back some ten years later; yet it was still pretty magical compared to most places in the world!

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  10. Hi Jennifer, I live on Kefalonia and found your book in a hotel bookswap. I enjoyed it so much I read it twice in 3 weeks! Your descriptions are wonderful and made me fall in love with Greece again. Being a busy Mum its a treat for me to sit down with a cup of coffee and read your blog. Keep it up - I love it! Sally

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    1. Hi Sally,
      Thank you so much for your very lovely message! I'm impressed that it captured your attention even though you already live in Greece. Life on Kefalonia must be wonderful, though I can see how being a busy mum would change things a bit! Thanks again for making contact.
      Warm wishes,
      Jennifer

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  11. Hi Jennifer, I've just finished reading 'Falling in honey' and thoroughly enjoyed it. I grew up in Huddersfield, not far from you, and have lived on Kefalonia for 7 years. I can totally relate to your Greek experience, and it is fantastic when someone like you manages to put my thoughts and feelings for Greek life and Greek people into such elequent words. Thank you. Keep enjoying Tilos. Was the strange ending to the book an opening for 'to be continued' or 'part two' ? Best regards Phill

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    1. Hi Phill,
      Thanks for the message - lovely to hear from you. From Huddersfield to Kefelonia - no wonder you can relate! Very much appreciate your kind words. Can you clarify what you mean about 'strange' ending?! I'd be happy to try to answer! Feel free to send as a private message through the contact form if you prefer.
      Thanks again, and all best wishes,
      Jennifer

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  13. Geia sou Jen,

    I picked up your book last summer by chance (?) in a Bristol book shop, and took it with me to one of my favourite villages. In Greece of course. I loved it so much really. Yes, I am a Greekophile.. and although I know about 20 islands, I have not (yet) been to Tilos. Well, I have a small boat in the Sfakia region of Kriti, and love (shhh...) wild Sikinos. So I recognise very much in your book. But I want to say thank you for it, for the human, real, engaging way you write, and for the spirit of freedom that pervades your book, and therefore presumably you. I check in every so often to your blog form here in England, and I feel a warmth. Exaristo poli Jen. Graham

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    1. Ki egw euxaristw! It's such a great pleasure to hear those things about my writing - especially because it is about who I am, as you say... Well, I hope to keep writing things that Greekophiles enjoy!

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  14. Hi Jennifer and like lots of comments, having 'fallen in honey' with Greece over 30 years ago your book was a fab read. In actual fact it motivated me to spend a month on Halki last year, which was amazing and I'm now planning my next trip back to Halki which will be much longer. I cant think of anywhere I'd rather be!

    Catherine
    Thank you so much for the inspiration

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    1. That's wonderful to hear, Catherine! Thank you for letting me know. Maybe I'll run into you on Halki someday.

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  15. Loved reading "Falling in Honey". I have been going to Greece since the 80's when I worked for the airlines. The magic of the Greek Islands has even intensified over the years. You really capture the spirit of the Greek Islands and for that I'm extremely grateful. Keep writing many more wonderful books for all of us who can never get enough Greece!!

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    1. Thank you so much for this lovely comment! There is something special here. I am working away on a new book - fingers crossed I can make it work... Your encouragement is much appreciated.
      Best wishes,
      Jennifer

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  16. Dear Jennifer,

    Falling In Honey is such a wonderfully written book! I love it. I have always been in love with Greece since i was a kid. Something about the islands, culture, ancient mythologies and language that attracts me. Never have the chance to travel and visit Greece, but its definitely on the top of my bucketlist, especially Greece. Reading your book drives me crazy and i find myself imagining the view and experiences you've written. I might not be physically there, but in my imaginary world you've taken me all over the beautiful Greece.

    And you also made me feel like quitting my job, but no, dont worry i have not. But i do plan on taking one month unpaid leave and just wander around Greece. Could you physically take me around when the time come please? :)

    Would really love to hear more about Greece if you dont mind sharing. Oh and i would love to learn Greek language. Any heads up?

    Well thats all for now. I'm going to continue reading your book for the second time.

    Lots of love,
    Farrah.

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    1. Thank you! How did you come across my book - where are you based? I hope you do make it to Greece one day soon - and come and visit Tilos! I think hearing the language spoken would be the best place to start. Do feel free to contact me, and browse the site for links and stories...

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    2. Kalimera Jennifer!

      I came across your book in Goodreads under the travel section. I was browsing to look for inspiration book and saw your with the tag 'Life and Love on a Greek Island', HOW CAN I NOT? I love it.

      I'm based in Malaysia and its 8857km away from Greece. I'm madly in love with Santorini, its beautiful. Oh and yes, i've been listening and learning basic greeks through the net. Hoping to be able to communicate with them one day.

      Oh my! Your reply made my day. Thank you :)

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  17. yassou Jennifer xx I read your book last year and we (hubby & I) are travelling/staying to Tilos early September this year. I fell in love with Greece and all her beauty when I first travelled with my parents at the age of 9 and we stayed on the the island of Kos back in the early 1980's. Throughout my married life we have holidayed in the small "true greek" places and just love to devour everything there is to love about Greece - the people, the culture, the food and the beauty/smell of the islands.

    Reading Falling in Honey was an inspiration to me since I felt like I was living your dream - after working in an office during the day, reading a couple of chapters whisked me back to an idyllic place.

    Hubby and I can wait to stay in Tilos - we have no idea what to expect but we know that we will enjoy every sunrise and every sunset and make new memories that will last throughout our lifetime.

    kindest regards and "efharisto poli".

    Suzanne (aka Nufaro) from the West Midlands in the UK @->--- xx

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    1. Hi Suzanne,

      You have no idea how lovely it is for me to receive a message like this! Thank you for taking the time to write. It's wonderful to connect with other people who have felt those same things for Greece since early summer hols. Hope to see you when you are here on the island in early September!

      Warm wishes... xx

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  18. Hello Jennifer,
    My mum and I loved reading your "Escape to paradise: Life on a Greek island" article in Psychologies magazine. What an inspiration! Best wishes, health and happiness. Keep living the dream!

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    1. Thanks so much!
      I will - and very best wishes to you both...
      jx

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