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The Greeks

By Alexandra Fiada

What makes the Greeks GREEK: A guide to understanding the Greeks which takes an insightful, irreverent look at their character and attitudes.

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  Mercurial in the extreme, the Greeks’ temperament flourishes uninhibited throughout their waking hours.  


  • ‘This book is brilliant! I have read it countless times. Hits the nail on the head. For someone unfamiliar and open minded with Greece and the Greeks, this book is recommended. Being Greek, I must admit I have rediscovered myself in many of the sayings in the book and strangely enough, I have also learned a few things too. It’s short, it’s cheap, and very well written. A crash course to anything Greek!’              Review from ‘greek’

  • ‘This book is a must for any Greek lovers to help them understand them. I love Greece and love this book. I sat and read this whilst on holiday in Greece and chuckled most of the way through it thinking that it helps me understand what they are thinking. Would definitely recommend this.’             Reviewed by ‘Kristoforus

  • ‘The author hits every part of the culture and its stereotypes with extreme accuracy. As a Greek who has lived in the U.S. for half of his life, the book had me reminiscing about my family and customs. A must read for any Greek, or someone married to a Greek.’
    Review from a Greek in the USA

  • ‘Being Greek, this book really made me laugh! Every word in it is absolutely true and the author presents everything in their true manner. Great book to read if you want to know how Greeks are.’        Review from a Greek in London

  • ‘Hilariously accurate. I got given this book as a present and having lived in Greece for a while now, I found this book to absolutely invaluable! I laughed so much as it really does sum up the Greeks and their wonderful mentality so perfectly. I have bought this for all my friends and it’s a wonderful gift for those who know any Greeks!’                  Reviewer from Corfu, Greece

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Links to make you laugh

A short video on YouTube of 7 things that Greek Americans know to be true.


About the author

Alexandra Fiada was born and lives (as does 40% of the Greek nation) in Athens. She is unable to explain her unusually disciplined nature, but suggests an inquisitive, optimistic individualism is ample proof that she is a true Greek.

A newspaper addict from the age of five, and a passionate lover of Greek history, she became the editor of a number of magazines including the Greek Reader’s Digest and International History Magazine. Now a translator and the author of A Short History of Athens, assorted treatises, articles, scripts and documentaries, she finds work her principal pleasure, but claims she cannot function properly without copious cups of coffee and far too many cigarettes. These she defends on the grounds that if smoking doesn’t get her first, the smog of Athens will.

Meanwhile she plans for a dream house among the olive groves and a pension large enough to guarantee that her relations humour her every whim well into her dotage.