'Vibrant... Hislop brings history to life in this compelling tale'
Hislop brings her consummate storytelling skills to this enthralling tale of love, marriage and a community all put to the test
One of the best things about this novel is the way Hislop depicts the growing teamwork, love, respect, and trust which two families of opposite persuasions manage to establish... Hislop hasn't of course been into Famagusta - no one may, even now - but has stood near the barbed wire and imagined what life was like there, then and now, with her usual gift for presenting bits of history most of us are unfamiliar with from a fictional point of view
Heartbreaking... A fascinating insight into a part of Mediterranean history that isn't often explored
Hislop's writing effectively weaves the personal into the political without ever becoming overbearing. An informative but equally emotional read
An imaginative tour de force, and a great read
Fascinating and moving... Hislop writes unforgettably about Cyprus and its people
An absorbing tale about family, friendship, loyalty and betrayal, set during a violent period in the history of Cyprus
Intelligent and immersive... Hislop's incisive narrative weaves a vast array of fact through a poignant, compelling family saga
'Some beautiful writing about a difficult period in time makes for a great read'
Adroitly plotted and deftly characterised, Hislop's gripping novel tells the stories of ordinary Greek and Turkish families trying to preserve their humanity in a maelstrom of deception, betrayal and ethnic hatred