A Collar for Cerberus
By Matt Stanley
Published By

Thistle Publishing

ISBN 9781786080622
Fiction Genre Other
Publication Date 05/23/2018
Price 9.99
Paperback Hyperlink https://www.amazon.co.uk/Collar-Cerberus-Matt-Stanley/dp/1786080621
Ebook Hyperlink https://www.amazon.co.uk/Collar-Cerberus-Matt-Stanley-ebook/dp/B07D6TL8HV


A naïve English graduate arrives in Greece seeking experience and perhaps an encounter with his literary hero: Nobel laureate and irascible old hell-raiser Irakles Bastounis. Agreeing to act as driver for Bastounis, the young man finds himself on a hectic, adventurous and always challenging tour of Greece’s wonders – an apprentice in how to live life to the fullest.

Authors Biography

Matt Stanley was born in Sheffield in 1971. Following a degree in English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia, he taught English in Greece, China and Poland. Along the way, he’s worked as a bookseller, a holiday rep, a hack journalist and a subeditor. For the last few years, he’s been a freelance copywriter and – as James McCreet – is the author of a series of Victorian detective novels and a textbook on novel structure (Before You Write Your Novel, Routledge 2016).


“I would love to read more by this author. This book is so good I hardly know how to word my review. It is fantastic.”
Cherie Homan (Reviewer)

“An interesting, literary book that is character-driven. The title alone made me curious enough to check this one out. Nicely done.”
Reading and Literary Resources

“I love this book to the moon and back! There is much to be savored in the words, much to be learned from the characters who jump off the page. Wow.”
Kaye Barley (Reviewer)

“A quote from the book is ‘Acclaim is a dangerous currency’, but I hope the author won’t mind if I acclaim his work. It’s compulsive reading and is rich and multi-layered. Throughout this excellent story are references to the twelve labours of Heracles (Hercules). Bastounis and his chauffeur share the same physical journey but embark on separate spiritual journeys, both facing their own labours – challenges they need to tackle. There are wonderful, vibrant characters and vivid settings in the book that captivate. You’ll find the sights and soul of Greece within these pages. A marvellous novel.”
Books Are Cool

“A Collar for Cerberus is one of those delightful reads that creeps up on you. What at first glance appeared to be a road trip tale became a deep reflection on how we experience life, and what we want to get out of it, with wonderful discussions on Greek myth and the art of writing along the way. Marvellous writing.”
Nicki J. Markus

“You will savor every page of this book… filled with eloquent descriptions, ripe with vocabulary. The descriptions and thoughts on life can be more solid food than those of used to baby food may want. Literary fiction can be like that. However, the pace of the book was energizing enough to keep pulling me through the hard currents.”

“The depth of writing and character development is astounding and having a young man’s naive dreams and an old man’s regrets mixed in this story made it an enjoyable read… an unforgettable experience.”
Dora Archie Okeyo (Reviewer)

“I am engrossed… there are snippets of gold in between the lines.”

“When I read the description of this novel, I thought it was going to be a travelogue of Greece. However, it is so much more than that. It is about the journey of life and how to experience life to the fullest. This book delves into the deepest resources of our lives and transports the reader into Greek history and mythology, revealing their timelessness in today’s world and in our own lives. The use of the English language is absolutely exquisite. The vocabulary is wonderfully rich. It was a true joy to experience this novel. I sincerely hope that Matt Stanley will grace us with more of his extraordinary gift of writing.”
Nan Williams (Reviewer)

Leave a comment about this book:


  1. Absolutely. True and accurate on Greek humor

  2. OK, I’m the author’s mother and maybe I’m biased, but this is the best book I’ve read about Greece: the people, the character, the landscape, the food. Sometimes our children don’t talk to us as much as we’d like, but here is the story of a young man and his first adventures in life. For this reason, I recommend it to all parents and all children.

  3. While reading this book I found myself being transported back in time and to the place where this story was took, place, a though really brilliant read.

  4. I would love to read the book but I don’t think it’s translate in Dutch or Greek and is it on sale only in the UK????

  5. I was recommend this read and absolutely fell in love with the book. I couldn’t put it down , desperate to live each moment through the author and character. What a journey the book took me through Greece and so very true of life. The world and people within it can be so complex and not always what you imagine. Well thought out and researched . Fabulous !

  6. This is a wonderful book. The product of an extremely intelligent mind. Matt just keeps getting better and better.

  7. A really special book for people who want to learn how to love life. I hope a million people read it!

  8. Hi Diana, you can buy the book from the links above — paperback and e book.

  9. A perfect book from first page to last and an adventure of life through Greece that is a must read. The culinary excursions will have you hungry and craving the delectable delights described dutifully.

    Having family near Patras, and having been to Greece and many of the locations in the book numerous times in my life, this book is an authentic trip down memory lane.

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