Under a Croatian Sun
From Grey Britain to a Sunny Isle: One Couple's Dream Comes True
by Anthony Stancomb
Pub Date 05 Sep 2017
Many of us have dreamed about upping sticks, leaving the humdrum of urban living for a new life of blue skies, warm sunshine and sparkling seas. For Anthony and Ivana Stancomb, moving from Fulham to Vis was an easy decision. But fitting in with the locals was one of the hardest things they have ever had to do.
Under a Croatian Sun takes the reader on a journey from Grey Britain to a ramshackle village in Croatia - a village proudly defined by its tragic history, its unique cafe culture, its fishing industry and its potent alcohol. Faced with a language barrier and not the friendliest of locals, little by little our undaunted couple become islanders in their own right, and melt a few hearts in the process.
With the Adriatic Sea as a backdrop, we trace their transformation from foreigners to friends, taking in their adventures on the water, fierce grandmothers, star-cross'd lovers and the establishment of the island's first ever cricket team. This heartwarming accounts of following your heart and not your head, shows how, with a bit of courage and an open mind, home is wherever you make it.
It’s escapism that really works. Full of acute observation, uncontrollable humour and a rousing climax ( Robin Hanbury-Tenison)
Independent on Sunday - Pick of the paperbacks
To his credit Stancomb resists the stereotype of the closed-minded British expatriate
A thoroughly good read ---An endearing tale of a roller coaster ride.
This is not a tale of your usual English couple. This is such a fantastic read ... both humorous and thought provoking.
The author presents this quirky little tale in an honest way, even when he is on the receiving end of a joke.
You don’t need to make a break with your past to enjoy this book. It is a fascinating, humorous and totally believable read.
Tony Rossiter (author of It’s Only a Bloody Game)
A good read. I enjoyed best the humorous bits.
A good read.
Elaine Simpson Long (Amazon Top 500 Reviewers)
A wit, a sense of humour running throughout... full of adventures and quirky interesting people.
It lifts the spirit. Forget Peter Mayle and Provence. Think Anthony and Croatia instead.