Tales from a Greek Island
The Pandemic
Bravo for the Frogs
A Lovely Review for American Ikaros
Long legged buzzard. Achordeia. Picture by Keith
Bonelli's eagle. Achordeia. Taken by Keith
Passing Birds
An Actress in the Village
Avlona on a Cold day
Minas Prearis died January 2013 RIP
Minas Prearis
Selection from Reviews of More Tales from a Greek Island
More Tales from a Greek Island
More Tales from a Greek Island
Elections May 2012
Where to buy
Three Days of birds
Notable Birds of North Karpathos and Saria
Living on less
The Crisis
A poem for Kevin by Ruth Padel
More birds
Birds around the village
The new cover
Kevin Andrews-An Appraisal
Tales in German
Roy Chapman Andrews
Ellinoamerica Review
The Flight of Ikaros
Bonelli's Eagle (Hieraaetus fasciatus)
Eleanora's Falcons
American Ikaros The search for Kevin Andrews
Spring Opening
Its not all Fun and Games
Scholar Gipsy? The Search for Kevin Andrews
Sometimes Things Work Out
Africa in Diafani
The Search for Kevin Andrews
We get E-mails
Going to the Doctors
Music in the Village

Scholar Gipsy? The Search for Kevin Andrews

November 2008
Kevin Andrews was born in Peking on January 20 1924.  His mother, Yvette Borup, an explorer in her own right, was married to the adventurer and explorer  Roy Chapman Andrews,  though he may not have been Kevin's father.  Yvette later told Kevin his father was Captain Harold St. Clair Smallwood,  though even this may not be true.  A third possible contender as father, was Perceval Landon,  a lifelong friend and intimate of Rudyard Kipling.
Kevin grew up in England and America and fought in Italy in the Second World War.  He won a Fulbright scholarship to Greece and spent many months travelling around the Peloponnese,  still in the throes of the Greek civil war. Two books emerged from this period:
Castles of the Morea, (1953, republished 2006) 
The Flight of Ikaros (1959, new edition 1984)

Ikaros is generally considered to be his masterpiece.?
Kevin’s love for Greece and its people shines through his writing and dominated his life.  But there was a dark side.  He had epilepsy and suffered from the harmful  side-effects of the medicines he took.  He was difficult to live with. In 1954 he married Nancy Cummings the daughter of the poet, E. E. Cummings. From the late fifties the couple lived in Greece in Hydra,  Ikaria and Athens. Alone, Kevin visited Karpathos several times in the sixties and seventies.  Between 1967 and 1974, when the military Junta ruled Greece, Kevin supported the resistance. Afterwards he renounced his American nationality and became a Greek citizen.  By then he and Nancy had separated. They never divorced
Kevin drowned in disputed circumstances on September 1 1989 while swimming in rough seas off the island of Kythira.
The search for Kevin Andrews took me three years.  My intention was to write a short story or two about his life. But the stories accumulated and I now have an 80,000-word manuscript. Featured names include Auden, MacNeice, Dylan Thomas, Patrick Leigh Fermor,  E E Cummings,  Scofield Thayer,  Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany and Queen Frederika of Greece. More important are the less well-known people, mainly women, who knew Kevin and who generously gave their time and  shared their memories. 

Their interviews form a fascinating record and register their despair at a man who never achieved his promise.   

The Kevin Andrews story deserves wide circulation.