Eve Makis was born in Nottingham to Greek Cypriot parents, who emigrated to England in the 1960s. After graduating from Leicester University she studied journalism and moved to London to work as a reporter for Middlesex County Press. In 1994 she left London for Cyprus, where she worked as a freelance writer, radio presenter and as a stringer for the London Evening Standard. She returned to England with her Cypriot husband in 2001. They now live in Nottingham with their five year old daughter and run a ceramics business importing clay sculptures from the family workshop in Cyprus.
A charming exploration of a Greek Cypriot community in the 1980â€™s. It tackles the cultural differences and the generation gap but it is also a humourous mother / daughter tale, delightfully told
Journalist Melina Knight longs to know why her grandmother, Mariam, so rarely speaks about her family and childhood. When Mariam dies suddenly, she inherits her grandmother's journal and handwritten letters stashed in a wooden spice box, cryptic treasures written in Armenian, Mariam's mother tongue. On a spring break in Cyprus, Melina meets Ara, a young Armenian man, who agrees to act as translator. In 1915, aged seven, Mariam was expelled from her home in Eastern Turkey and separated from her family, her life scarred by tragedy, exile and the loss of her first love. As a child, she witnessed the murder of her beloved brother, Gabriel, or so she believed. In fact, Gabriel is alive and living in the heart of a bustling Armenian community not far away. An uncompromising character, he is a stickler for tradition determined to stop his granddaughter from marrying outside the culture. A fact-finding trip across the island brings Melina face to face with the great uncle she thought was dead, but another miracle is on the horizon. Melina unearths a family secret that changes her life and lays the ghosts of her grandmother's turbulent past to rest.
Life had lost its sweetness. Socrates felt as if he had eaten an accursed apple and was, like Adam, suddenly prone to emotions he had never before experienced - fear, loneliness and shame. For Socrates, growing up in a small, Cypriot village isn't idyllic so much as frustrating. Summer is on the horizon and yet his parents, his teachers and his interfering neighbours seem intent on preventing Socrates and his friends from having any fun. But times are changing and the jasmine-scented breezes mingle with the threat of danger. Behind the facade of respectable island life lurk dark and menacing presences. Land of the Golden Apple is a bewitching coming-of-age novel about the lives and loves, joys and despairs of a diverse yet tightly-knit community and about how those same ties that bind us can also constrict us...
YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS BUT YOU CAN'T CHOOSE YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW. Electra and Adam are living proof that opposites attract. Electra is warm, passionate and creative. She wants to have a baby. Adam is calm, reasonable and very English. He doesn't. Enter the mother-in-law... Cold, critical and snobbish, she disapproves of her son's marriage. And then she moves in with them. Will their relationship survive? A darkly funny, insightful and cautionary tale that will make you question where your loyalties lie.
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