‘A Kilo of String’ – Reviews

Below are some of the comments I’ve received so far from critics and readers about A Kilo of String:


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A Kilo of String has me howling with laughter at bedtime these days. Rob Johnson’s awesome sense of humour is evident throughout his work… I am so excited to have found this wonderful author… Rob’s delightful new release A Kilo of String is an unmissable memoir from Rob’s life in the Peloponnese in the past 13 years.’ – Effrosyni Moschoudi  (Author of The Lady of the Pier series and The Necklace of Goddess Athena)

‘Rob Johnson has a natural wit that has woven a cat’s cradle of brilliant anecdotes. There are a lot of good memoirs about abandoning northern climes to carve out a life for oneself in a Mediterranean bolt-hole but this is one of the best of those. If I had kept a sixth star back then this memoir would certainly deserve it… I rarely laugh out loud when I read, but here I did so frequently and for this reason and the skilful writing I can definitely recommend this book even to those who have never wandered through an olive grove or moved away from the tourist conurbations. For those who are about to take that big step into the ex-pat life this book with many handy hints about dealing with bureaucracy, Greek customs and language it really is a must-read.’ – Suzi Stembridge (Author of the Greek Letters and Jigsaw series of books)

Readers' Favorite 5-star review badge‘Welcome to Greece! A Kilo of String by Rob Johnson takes readers on an entertaining trip to Greece with the author and his wife, Penny, and their experiences while living there. The author’s entertaining stories, interesting anecdotes, and humor make this book an excellent read for everyone; especially those who are keen to travel and learn more about other countries. The book captures the sights and sounds of Greece, the way of life, the culture, and customs in detail, giving readers a feeling that they are already there in the country. The genuineness of the book and the author’s perception of the country make this an engaging read.’ – Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

‘Rob Johnson’s witty dialogue engages all the senses. He has that rare talent for spinning a memorable yarn (in this case, a kilo of string) and leaving the audience clamoring for more.’ – Pamela Allegretto (Author of Bridge of Sighs and Dreams)


‘Hilarious! It has got to be the most hilarious book I have read to date! Embarrassing to read in public as without warning sometimes the “one liners” came and made me almost choke on my coffee as I laughed out loud. I got some odd looks I can tell you. Highly recommended if this is the type of thing you like to read and even funnier if you know and understand the Greek way of life! I am certainly interested in reading the novels by this author.’  – Bookworm

‘If you want to read something that will make you cry from laughing I highly recommend this book!!! It has sooooo many funny stories about Greek way of life in the eyes of an English guy… Enjoy it!!!’ – Alexandros Ioannou

‘I’m only a quarter of the way in but Rob Johnson’s new book is hilarious.’ – Rory Cooper

‘An alternate, and funnier, how to guide… There’s a heap of local colour… A really enjoyable read.’ – K. Nixon

‘Rob Johnson writes funny novels and shifts genres with ease. He has done it again with this autobiographical account of life as a British resident in Greece… This warm account of their experiences is both insightful and funny. Whether you are planning an exotic holiday this year or settling for a staycation, this is one to pack with the sun cream and the shorts.’ – EricB

‘Hilarious and informative While Rob’s book is hilariously funny just like his previous three novels, it also gives a great overview of the trials and tribulations of an ex-pat couple living abroad. I enjoyed it immensely, and you probably will too.’ – madpinkdog

‘Highly recommended memoir about life in Greece!  If you’ve ever wondered what it is like being a Greek living in Greece nowadays, then A Kilo of String will be the perfect book for you… Though written quite tongue-in-cheek, it gives an excellent insight to the ways and workings of Greece and the Greeks, and their interactions with each other and with foreigners. The humour, mostly directed at the author himself, is levelled in a way so as not to be at the expense of the Greeks, which is a refreshing change for this kind of book… A Kilo of String is an extremely accurate, honest and light-hearted outsider’s viewpoint that has been captured beautifully. Highly recommended.’ – Andrew Sutton

‘A really great read of an ex-pat’s discovery of Greece. I really enjoyed reading about Rob and Penny’s journey of moving to Greece. The writing is excellent and really brings to life the lovely eccentricities of the Greek people. I am very envious and would move there in a heartbeat.’ – Maxine Allmark

‘Very insightful look at the quirks of Greek life with many amusing highlights, perfect for a vacation read or for anyone planning a move to Greece.’ – Amazon Customer

‘I found the book a very informative and interesting read. Also I enjoyed the author’s wit. Some books I take weeks to read, A Kilo of String I read in five consecutive evenings.’  – Robert Stephen Varndell

‘Loved the book and love Rob’s sense of humour. Being Greek myself, I could relate to everything he mentions about village life. He has the ability to draw you into his village, engage with the locals and walk away feeling you actually live there. Although he is classed as an ex-pat, I feel he has earned his stripes to be a fully fledged Greek! I raise a glass to you Rob, Yammas!’ – Frem

‘Simply hilarious. A thoroughly enjoyable read. I have read Rob Johnson’s previous books and enjoyed the madcap humour, fast paced plots and intertwining storylines… This new book is full of hilarious anecdotes and accounts of the crazy situations that the “Brits abroad” find themselves in. Johnson details perfectly the idiosyncrasies of rural Greek life and the cultural differences which attracted them to the country… The book is full of funny stories together with the writer’s musings and meandering observations about life in general. It made me chuckle out loud. All in all a cracking, good fun read.’ – Patrick

‘Says quite a lot about the essence of Greece, and its people. Well written and, to me, a fine snapshot of life in Greece… Can easily relate to the observations made by the author in regard to the friendly and helpful nature of the people… Off to search for more of the authors work.’ – Amazon Customer

‘Entertaining and enjoyable read… Great book for people considering upsticks to Greece and for tourists to want to remember their holiday encounters.’ – Brenda

‘Excellent book, very funny and true to Greek life.’ – Karen Perkins (via website mail)

‘There were too many laugh out loud moments for both of us and indeed having read your book first myself there were several occasions when I had to ask my wife which bit she was reading when she laughed out loud. Your portrayal of both characters and incidents which both you and Penny came across were at times achingly funny. We look forward to reading more of your adventures.’ – Peter and Lynne Brooker (via website mail)

‘So funny with some laugh out loud moments!’ – Lisa Richards (FB Group ‘A Good Greek Read’)

‘Brilliant!’ – Joanne Logan (FB Group ‘A Good Greek Read’)

‘Much enjoyed reading it last weekend and it took the edge off the 43 degrees heatwave.’ – Venice Baron (FB Group ‘A Good Greek Read’)

‘Loving it.’ – Amanda Armstrong (FB Group ‘A Good Greek Read’)

‘The funniest book ever written about life in Greece!!!’ – Alexandros Ioannou (FB Group ‘Foreigners Living in Greece’)

‘Your books are a scream. Loved them.’ – Gaynor J Naylor (personal message)

‘I thoroughly enjoyed this book… I chuckled all through it and as somebody who visits Greece all of the time (when holidays permit) I can identify with so much of the hilarity and events taking place. Written by somebody who clearly sees the humour of being an expat in Greece but also written with great insight into how one must immerse themselves into the Greek way of life to become fully accepted. I hope Rob continues to write such fantastic books as this, highly recommended for everybody to enjoy.’ – Amazon Customer

‘Very amusing. Great book.’ – Mrs B L Phipps

‘Much of the observations in this book had me smiling and on occasion giggling… Insightful commentary on the troubles Greece is suffering as a result of the austerity measures. All in all a really good read.’ – Constance Young

‘I have just been introduced to your writing via A Kilo of String and I can’t put the book down… I have a good many Greek friends and family so your stories are ringing so very true to me and I can relate to so many of them. So I just wanted to say thank you for writing this very amusing book… Looking forward to reading more of your books.’ – Liz Challis (via personal message)

‘Picture yourself in a bar with a large Mythos (or London Pride) on the beach in the sun chatting to Rob himself….. that is how this book comes across, it really feels like you are having a good chat. Rob’s anecdotes are hilarious and ring so true with me as I have been visiting Greece for 27 years so I can relate to all the funny stories. At one point I was reading it on the bus and found myself giggling away and nodding furiously repeating “yes yes that’s so true”… a couple of times. The only thing which annoys me is that I have nearly finished it heeheee… Please Rob, will you write a follow up in a year or two.’ – Creteliz

‘Very amusing book. Captures Greeks beautifully.’ – Brenda Green

‘Rob’s writing style and spot on observations shine through!’ – Rick Lawrence (comment on website)

‘I would heartily recommend this to anyone who is in need of a good guffaw, whether intending to relocate to a Greek idyll or just going there for a relaxing, cultural experience… Hand on heart, it was akin to meeting old friends and recounting familiar stories in an atmosphere of honest, genuine conviviality. There is a certain knack to storytelling and this latest book is a prime example of how to convey reality to an audience with humour. Well done once again Rob on giving me pearls of unadulterated enjoyment and I would have no hesitation in commending A Kilo of String to all.’ – Rod

‘A great read!! I really enjoyed his spot-on insight into the Greek psyche… As always his books are full of humour and very well written. MORE PLEASE!’ – Rick Lawrence

‘Greece at its best. Hospitable, funny, kind and a great holiday read… Rob has captured the many wonderful aspects of Greece that keep people coming back for more…
This is a great holiday read as it’s laugh out loud and very descriptive of the people and the scenery. Don’t let this one pass you by… I will read this one again maybe next season just for fun. Thank goodness people write for our enjoyment.’  – Maggiej10

‘The narrative flows wonderfully and is packed full of humorous tales.’ – RGW

‘This book is a wonderful introduction to the way of life and the people… You have made me laugh till tears rolled down my face. It has brought back memories of olive groves, lemons, cicadas, and sunshine. Please keep writing.’ – Margaret B.

‘Brilliant read. Really funny read. Could not put it down… An insight into the quaint and quirky life that living in Greece brings.’ – Suzy Osborne

‘Hilarious. Well worth reading. A brilliant book, very funny and a great insight into Greece and its people written by someone who has been living there for a number of years. Highly recommended.’ – Ray Leather

‘I very much enjoyed your story of moving to Greece and your humour. It made me laugh out loud.’ – Carol Grace (via email)

‘Good read. Can understand why they moved to a new life.’ – John Wills

‘I loved Rob’s story about his preparation for moving to Greece and perceptions of the culture. It was very humorous and down to earth.’ – Carol

‘I love this book! It’s blooming hilarious and astonishingly accurate on the subject of life in beautiful Greece!’ – Waggy

‘Five stars. Very funny.’ – Lynn Flanagan

‘I read the book in one sitting. I loved the humour and the genuine feeling of love of the people and the country.’ – Joe Naylor

‘Great fun! Made me laugh! So typically Greek!’ – Wendy von Bergen

‘Time well spent… I’ve endured a few books which upon reflection were probably not worth the time invested. This is not one of them!’ – ulysses4

‘Heartwarming and at times bellyachingly funny. A very well written and entertaining account of living in Greece.’ – Mrs Carolyn Fox Jones

‘Thoroughly enjoyed the book. A wonderful read that encapsulates the idiosyncrasies of the Greek way of life perfectly. Like other reviewers I frequently found myself chuckling out loud, which is why my husband is now reading and loving it… The author describes the locals in an affectionate and unpatronising way, a pleasant change from all the anti-Greek sentiment emanating from much of Europe.’ – Henny

‘This is a real laugh-out-loud book, particularly if you have enjoyed a Greek holiday. Even if you haven’t, you will still find it very amusing when he gives you the Greek impressions of some of our equally strange English customs, such as our fixation with the weather… I enjoyed reading this so much that I was sorry to come to the end and would highly recommend that you read it too.’ – Mrs A Eardley

‘I never intended to visit Greece… but now I will! I was completely enchanted by the easygoing, humorous narrative that cantered gently along involving me like few other books of this genre had before… a wonderful, informative and extremely amusing adventure… I’m so glad to add Rob Johnson to my list of favourite authors, and I love his ability to switch styles effortlessly, from the narrative reality of life in an olive grove to the cleverly constructed thriller/mystery/comedy of the Lifting the Lid and Heads You Lose series, to the madcap, hilarious “laugh out loud” romp that is Quest for the Holey Snail. Trust me, there is a need for fun in our lives, and Rob provides this!’ – corsario

‘Thank you for bringing some much needed laughter into my life! I read A Kilo of String, and swiftly followed this with the other 3 books… I love your humour and the sheer unbridled fun elements in your work, and I will eagerly await your next opus!’ – Colin Ritchie (via email)

‘Very good and very funny.’ – Hilary Pardo

‘Great book about moving to Greece from the UK! Rob Johnson writes well and has a wonderful sense of humor!’ – Amazon Customer

‘Relaxing reading. A fun easy read.’ -Barrie B

‘What a great book. Whether you’re looking for entertainment, some insight into modern life in Greece or just a good read, this ticks all the boxes. Rob Johnson has a lovely sense of humour and an engaging way of telling stories, but this book also has a cutting edge with its observations on how tough life is for Greeks today… It’s also very funny… A terrific read. Thoroughly recommended.’ P S Newman

‘Fabulously funny – a real must for lovers of all things Greek.’ – Mrs D J Ward

‘I just love Rob Johnson’s descriptive prowess. A little reminiscent of Tom Sharpe at his best… The picture painted of the idiosyncrasies of an expat’s life in Greece is gloriously funny. A truly lovely book.’ – Storkandshilling

‘Wonderful… Having visited Greece over 50 times, I really loved this book.’ – Intipuss

‘I enjoyed reading ‘A Kilo of String’ very much! You’re so brilliant, Rob! I’ve bought a copy for a friend, too and I will buy more for others.’ -Yanna Giannia (comment on website)

‘Really enjoyed this book. Lots of belly laughs. A good read.’ – R Newcombe

‘Funny, insightful, like the best dish of souvlaki ever. Wonderfully funny – laugh till you cry – but also sharp and insightful about the Greek people and their amazing yet sometimes maddening approach to life. Anyone who loves or visits Greece should read this book.’ – G Stewart

‘This is a wonderful memoir… If you want to laugh yourself silly and also gain some knowledge about the Greeks, then I think you’ll find this book to be refreshing. Just the part where the author describes house hunting and giving the term run down a new meaning left me laughing so hard I would have spat out my dentures, if I wore them.’ – Patti Wilson

‘A lovely read. Having lived in Greece myself for the past 11 years I can relate so much to this book. Very enjoyable.’ – Steve

‘A fun and delicious read. 5 stars!’ – Alexandra Borregaard [Comment on Facebook]

‘A very well written and informative book on the pros and cons of upping sticks and relocating in Greece… Thank you Rob for writing this book bringing back many treasured memories.’ – Rita Hollway

‘I enjoyed the book, which was give to me as a birthday present three days ago, enormously… Reading  your book was a joy!’ – Gordon Gilmore (via email)

‘Excellent read – rural Greece as it is . ‘A Kilo of String’ was a birthday present and was a delight to read. As someone who has been visiting Greece for many years and now lives there for most of the year I recognize all the trials and tribulations and all the heart-warming experiences that Rob describes.’ – GordonG

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Click here to read the opening chapters.


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