With Greece caught in the jaws of economic crisis, the lives of its people are spiralling into disarray. Sunday and Samwells ur are migrants struggling to survive in a country rife with poverty and patrolled by right-wing militias. Filoxénia is trying to carve out an independent life for herself in the city, while her beautiful sister Anássa is keeping dangerous company. Their lives are brought together by events at the FlyKing Hotel.
A theft. A shooting. And the flight of a group of migrants who all share one name. The intertwined lives of Greeks, as disparate as policemen, academics and anarchists, are exposed.
As economic and racial tensions flare, old friendships are tested and loyalties broken. Ripples from the FlyKing are felt throughout the already turbulent city of Athens and the small village of Páno Pétro.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Dead Olives is a story about the people that are thrown into a situation that is out of their control and the need to lay blame to someone else. The economy is crumbling, work is becoming scarce and migrants are willing to under cut the hourly rate in order to be assured of the little work there is. So from all walks of life the people of Athens turn to militant groups to run the migrants out of the country. But if you don’t have anywhere to go then you can only run into trouble. Some of these scenes are brutal to say the least.
This story takes you into the lives of all the people involved and it makes quite a fascinating read. The author Jeremy Hinchliff is a very descriptive writer that can get your heart going at quite a rate in the chases, fear, desperation and resignation of what is to come. This is a real eye opener to how people can be persuaded into taking part in something that would normally be quite alien to them and talk themselves into justifying their actions. The thing is you can feel the frustration seeping out of the book from everyone’s side.
The horror about all this is that the Greek economy did crumble and I like must people thought that is a shame. Reading this book has opened my eyes and my mind to the consequences of such a tragic event.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeremy Hinchliff worked as a librarian for twenty years before moving to Greece to write about the debt crisis. Dead Olives is his first novel. He studied Classics at Oxford and Information Management at Thames Valley University. He lives in Somerset and Messinίa.