John Mole


After University and Business School John Mole spent fifteen years criss-crossing Europe, the Middle East and Africa for an American Bank. He was was based in the USA, London and Greece.
His fortieth birthday present to himself was to quit employment. The main incentive was to write full time. Published works include three comic novels - “Sail or Return” “The Monogamist” and “Thanks, Eddie!”“Management Mole” is about going back as a temp in the back offices of the kind of organisation he used to manage. The best-selling "Mind Your Manners" is about how to manage people of different cultures. For a few years he had a consultancy business focussing on how to get people from different nationalities and cultures to work together.
Meanwhile John tried his hand at various entrepreneurial ventures. An attempt to establish a chain of baked potato restaurants in Moscow came to an end when the Russian Mafia took an interest. He had more success with INBIO Ltd, which imported Russian biotechnology for environmental protection and with a project to control the spread of water weed on Tanzania's Lake Victoria. “I was a Potato Oligarch" is the sorry but comical tale of the Russian venture.
In Greece with his family he restored an old stone house on the island of Evia, which they go back to every year. This resulted in “It’s All Greek To Me!”, which has just been republished and updated. A British / Australian movie production company optioned it and commissioned him to write the script. It is under development and shooting is scheduled to start in 2018.
When not at the laptop he sings and plays the baglama, a miniature bouzouki, with a Greek band in London. He loves to travel, especially around the Mediterranean and the Middle East, although backpacking has been superseded by trundle-casing. Journeys have inspired more books. “The Sultan's Organ” is the diary of a musician who took an automated organ and clock to Constantinople as a gift of Queen Elizabeth to the Sultan in 1599. It’s such a great read that he put it into modern English. “The Hero of Negropont” is a comedic novel about an English Lord, who gets shipwrecked on Evia in 1792, when Greece was still under Turkish rule. For “Martoni’s Pilgrimage” he translated the diary of an Italian lawyer who travelled to the Holy Land in 1394 and had a hard time getting back home - it’s a great traveller’s tale.

Where to find John Mole online

Where to buy in print


Martoni's Pilgrimage (English)
Price: $6.45 USD. Words: 33,110. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Middle ages, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
1394AD. An ordinary man, an extraordinary journey in an age of marvels and miracles. The personal journal of a pilgrim to the Holy Land across Greece and Egypt - and back. A unique insight into the medieval mind. For actual and armchair travellers and anyone interested in the nature and history of faith
The Hero of Negropont
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,480. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency
A travel book, a comedy, a history, a fiction...To escape scandal, rakish Lord Exford is exiled in 1788 to Constantinople with a prudish tutor and a truculent artist. They are shipwrecked on a Greek island ruled by a Turkish pasha .They meet Amelia Burbage, a botanist, feminist and intrepid explorer. They take on the might of the Sultan and Exford must deliver his band from an unspeakable fate.
The Sultan's Organ
Price: $3.45 USD. Words: 26,880. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » History » European
Thomas Dallam took the gift of an extraordinary automatic organ from Queen Elizabeth to the Sultan of Turkey. He kept a diary of his thrilling odyssey and its triumphant conclusion. Faithfully translated into prose more easily digested by the modern reader, unembellished and unedited, this illuminating historical source is presented as if its Elizabethan author were alive today.
Thanks, Eddie
Price: $2.24 USD. Words: 72,670. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A witty satire on City life, which will be gruesomely familiar to all those who work within the Square Mile. The Times Most enjoyable...good on office atmosphere, City jargon, slap and tickle. The Guardian No-one knows more about the workings of Dividend Investments than Eddie Fly... no, he isn't the Chief Executive but the head messenger, the life and soul of the company...
The Monogamist
Price: $2.24 USD. Words: 79,150. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Half of marriages end in divorce. But is it all roses for the other half? From the author of Sail or Return, The Monogamist an original and moving comedy, bubbling with laughter and surprise, about staying married. Packed with comic invention The Times Perceptive and very funny Observer
Three Christmas Tales
Price: $1.76 USD. Words: 5,190. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Family
Rubbish Christmas, Christmas Love, The Explorer's Christmas...Hunted street kids, child slavery, and an explorer starving and lost in the Frozen North. The Christmas message for grown-ups. And no syrup with that. But with happy endings...
Three Hellish Tales
Price: $1.76 USD. Words: 20,150. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Three very different stories with one thing in common - the supranatural. Maria and her lover flee to America from a sea vampire bent on vengeance. In The Good Book the Church is keen to find the lost Gospel of Mary Magdalen. Who do they turn to? The Devil incarnate. Set in Ancient Greece Second Life is based on the oldest zombie tale in literature. A tale of Death and Sex - in that order.

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