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Sally Jane Smith

Paperback 2024

When a long-forgotten, apartheid-era arrest record derails Sally’s plans for a Canadian family holiday, she packs her mum’s 1978 travel diary and sets out solo for Greece instead.

As she journeys to the landmarks her mother once visited — and discovers many more — Sally immerses us in Greece’s awe-inspiring landscapes and fascinating heritage sites. She delights in absorbing the country’s rich history and connecting the dots between legend, location and contemporary literature.

Insightful, intelligent and with an infectious sense of wonder, Sally embraces a gentler approach to travel: facing her fears, abandoning old anxieties, and finding joy in the simple pleasures of her own Greek odyssey.

The second release in the Packing for Greece series travels to Athens and Delphi on the mainland; Nafplio, Mycenae, Epidavros and Methana on the Peloponnese Peninsula; and the islands of Hydra, Aegina, Poros, Kefalonia and Corfu (with a side trip to Albania).


Fans of legendary UK travel-writer and explorer of all things Greece and beyond, Patrick Leigh Fermor, will find a kindred spirit in Repacking for Greece author Sally Jane Smith.

Jeffrey Siger, international bestselling author of The Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis mystery series

With her distinctive voice and infectious passion for Greece, the Philhellene author invites readers to embark on an odyssey that celebrates wanderlust and the resilience of the human spirit.

Major Greek-Australian newspaper, Neos Kosmos

In this sparkling sequel to Unpacking for Greece, Sally Jane Smith embarks on another unexpected Odyssey to the country, this time carrying less baggage. Travelling solo, she leaves her anxieties behind and manages to find joy through the healing power of a land she has grown to love. An engaging companion, Sally’s life-affirming book reminds us all to seize the moment.

Richard Clark, bestselling novelist, travel memoirist and award-winning journalist

From a glimpse of Mandela at his release rally, to the sound of water splashing onto Greek stone, Sally took me on a sensory journey.

Wendy Brooke, JourneyWoman book club host


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Publication details:  Journeys in Pages, Paperback and E-book, April 2024