The Sunrise

The Sunrise

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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 OEzkans, 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 157 x 232 x 26mm | 460g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0755377796
  • 9780755377794
  • 142,008

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'Vibrant... Hislop brings history to life in this compelling tale' * Tatler * Hislop brings her consummate storytelling skills to this enthralling tale of love, marriage and a community all put to the test * Woman & 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 *
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About Victoria Hislop

Inspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony, Victoria Hislop wrote The Island in 2005. It became an international bestseller and a 26-part Greek TV series. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards and is now an ambassador for Lepra. Her affection for the Mediterranean then took her to Spain, and in the number one bestseller The Return she wrote about the painful secrets of its civil war. In The Thread, Victoria returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki and its people across the twentieth century. Shortlisted for a British Book Award, it confirmed her reputation as an inspirational storyteller. It was followed by her much-admired Greece-set collection, The Last Dance and Other Stories. Her fourth novel, The Sunrise, was published to widespread acclaim, and was a Sunday Times number one bestseller. Victoria Hislop's last book, Cartes Postales from Greece, is fiction illustrated with photographs. It was a Sunday Times bestseller in hardback and one of the biggest selling books of 2016.

Victoria divides her time between England and Greece.
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7,790 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 28% (2,194)
4 35% (2,688)
3 27% (2,081)
2 8% (642)
1 2% (185)

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The story was a disappointment and does not bare a true reflection as to what really happened at that time, the Turkish invasion (which still occupies 40% of the island, forty years on) brought about mass killings, rapes and suffering of the Greek Cypriot people and this was was hardly mentioned in the story. If a book is to be based on historic events, then the story has to be objective, otherwise it loses its more
by Erasmia Dionysiou
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