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This Must be the Place
Secret: The #1 Bestselling Author of the Letter
To the Bright Edge of the World
In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple are about to open the island's most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. Two neighbouring families, the Georgious and the Ozkans, are among many who moved to Famagusta to escape the years of unrest and ethnic violence elsewhere on the island. But beneath the city's facade of glamour and success, tension is building. When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city, just two families remain. This is their story.
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Home Heartbreaking... A fascinating insight into a part of Mediterranean history that isn't often explored Essentials An imaginative tour de force, and a great read Daily Mail Fascinating Sunday Mirror Hislop's writing effectively weaves the personal into the political without ever becoming overbearing. An informative but equally emotional read Woman Fascinating and moving... Hislop writes unforgettably about Cyprus and its people The Times An absorbing tale about family, friendship, loyalty and betrayal, set during a violent period in the history of Cyprus Good Housekeeping Intelligent and immersive... Hislop's incisive narrative weaves a vast array of fact through a poignant, compelling family saga The Sunday Times 'Some beautiful writing about a difficult period in time makes for a great read' Sun 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 Mail on Sunday 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 Independent on Sunday