Christy Lefteri - Author

About the Author

Christy Lefteri was born in London in 1980 to Greek Cypriot parents who moved to London in 1974 during the Turkish invasion. She completed a degree in English and a Masters in creative writing at Brunel University. She taught English to foreign students and then became a secondary school teacher before leaving to pursue a PhD and to write. She is also studying to become a psychotherapist.

Featured books by Christy Lefteri

Songbirds

Songbirds

Author: Christy Lefteri Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2022

From the pen of international bestseller The Beekeeper of Aleppo, Songbirds is a beautifully poignant story about the disappearance of a nanny and the darker sides of a migrant’s life. It is another haunting read which will break your heart. Inspired by the real-life disappearance of domestic workers in Cyprus, Christy Lefteri (a child of Cypriot refugees) brings their story to life when Nisha, Sri Lankan nanny and maid vanishes without a trace. Her employer Petra tries to unravel the mystery with Nisha’s lover Yiannis. Nine years ago Nisha arrived in Cyprus to find work so that she could earn money to support her daughter Kumari who she had to leave with relatives in Sri Lanka. Her relationship devoid of physical contact and via a tiny screen. She never returns. Or does she? The police don’t take her disappearance seriously and it is left to Petra to investigate. We never meet Nisha, we hear her story through the mouths of others and this mirrors her lack of voice in real life. Yiannis is a poacher, hunting the tiny endangered songbirds migrating from Europe to Africa. Full of symbolism, the plight of the songbirds mirrors that of the refugees. The story of entrapment can’t help but pull you in, as Lefteri has crafted such a beautiful and empathetic exploration of prejudice, and the plight of migrant domestic workers. It’s a stunning novel about the need to fight for truth and justice, to enable women to reclaim their lost voices.

eBooks of the Month
The Beekeeper of Aleppo

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Author: Christy Lefteri Format: Audiobook Release Date: 02/05/2020

In the midst of war, he found love In the midst of darkness, he found courage In the midst of tragedy, he found hope The Beekeeper of Aleppo What will you find from his story? Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all - and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face - they must journey to find each other again. Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling. 

Audiobooks of the Month
The Beekeeper of Aleppo

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Author: Christy Lefteri Format: Audiobook Release Date: 02/05/2019

In the midst of war, he found love In the midst of darkness, he found courage In the midst of tragedy, he found hope The Beekeeper of Aleppo What will you find from his story? Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all - and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face - they must journey to find each other again. Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling. 

Audiobooks of the Month
Watermelon, a Fish and a Bible

Watermelon, a Fish and a Bible

Author: Christy Lefteri Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2011

A lyrical, moving and beautiful tale of love lost and found set during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.  It's a multi-stranded tale of illicit love and its bittersweet consequences. This haunting and moving debut is made all the more poignant as the author's family, Greek Cypriots, were forced to flee themselves. Brutal, tender and evocative. If you like the sound of it, you're sure to love it.

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Christy Lefteri

Songbirds

Songbirds

Author: Christy Lefteri Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/07/2021

'Will break your heart and open your eyes' Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz 'I've never read anything quite like Songbirds - a beautifully crafted novel.' Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of Wish You Were Here. Her courage to cross oceans. Her hope for a better life. Her love for a daughter, above all else. Not all tragedies make headlines, not every voice is heard. Nisha has crossed oceans to give her child a future. Now she spends her days caring for someone else's daughter while her own waits for her return, half a world away. For Petra, it is only natural to hire a domestic worker to keep her house clean and her family fed. Their lives have nothing in common, except the love they feel for their daughters. Then one day, Nisha vanishes. No one cares about the disappearance of a foreign domestic worker, except Petra and Nisha's secret lover, Yiannis, the only connection to her daughter back in Sri Lanka. As Petra and Yiannis desperately search for Nisha, they realise how little they knew about her. What they uncover will change them both forever. Inspired by true stories of love and loss, hope and refuge, this evocative masterpiece from the million-copy bestselling author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo, Christy Lefteri, is an illuminating story of the power of the human spirit, and the enduring love of a mother for her child, that will stay with you long after you finish reading. Praise for Christy Lefteri: 'This thought-provoking novel of love loss and redemption is thoroughly sublime.' Caroline Montague 'Lefteri is an astonishing weaver of stories.' Daljit Nagra ' . . . broke my heart and kept me turning the pages of her gorgeous novel well into the night.' Alka Joshi, NYT-bestselling author of The Henna Artist and The Secret Keeper of Jaipur 'Christy Lefteri has crafted a beautiful novel, intelligent, thoughtful, and relevant.' Benjamin Zephaniah on The Beekeeper of Aleppo ' . . . it's impossible not to be moved by Lefteri's plea for humanity and perhaps inspired too.' Observer, on The Beekeeper of Aleppo 'Courageous, proactive, haunting.' Heather Morris, on The Beekeeper of Aleppo

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Author: Christy Lefteri Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/05/2019

The unforgettable and moving international number 1 bestseller 'This is a novel of international significance. Courageous, provocative, haunting, it will open our eyes' Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz In the midst of war, he found love. In the midst of darkness, he found courage. In the midst of tragedy, he found hope. What will you find from his story? Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live happily in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens and they are forced to flee. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all - and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face - they must journey to find each other again. Moving, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a powerful testament to the triumph of the human spirit. 'This book dips below the deafening headlines, and tells a true story with subtlety and power' Esther Freud 'This compelling tale had me gripped with its compassion, its sensual style and its onward and lively urge for resolution' Daljit Nagra 'Christy Lefteri has crafted a beautiful novel, intelligent, thoughtful; and relevant. I'm recommending this book to everyone I care about. So I'm recommending this book to you' Benjamin Zephaniah

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