A compelling story about love and death in Cyprus by Author Harry Blackley...
Publisher: Harry Blackley
Date Published: 30/06/2005
Australian Author `Harry Blackley` has released his latest book about the Turkish Cypriot people through the life of Leyla Ozkara, only child of the `muktar` or mayor of a small town in the northwest of the beautiful island of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean. Love and Death In Cyprus
Finally comes a story of the struggle of the Turkish Cypriot people through the life of Leyla Ozkara, only child of the `muktar` or mayor of a small town in the northwest of the beautiful island in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Alexander Forbes, a pharmacist from Dunkeith, Scotland, volunteers to go to Cyprus in 1957 as part of his National Service.
The National Organisation of Freedom Fighters, EOKA, had in 1955, begun a campaign of terror and sabotage. Under the leadership of Archbishop Makarios and Colonel George Grivas, the aim of EOKA was to force the British to relinquish control of Cyprus and allow it to be united with Greece.
After a dramatic and brutal opening, the story begins as Leyla reaches her teenage year in 1952.
Alexander's early life in a poor and violent family shapes his ambitions He is posted to a medical field unit, a weird and wonderful company where he pursues some dubious activities. He volunteers to become involved in a chemical spraying operation that leads to his cooperating with Mehmet Ali.
Alexander and Leyla meet, fall in love and explore many parts of the island.
The story is full of promises made and broken. The political characters in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and Britain are used fictitiously. Their words and thoughts are products of the author's imagination although some well-documented speeches made by real historical characters add to the sense of authenticity.
This large and thought provoking book moves between Cyprus, Scotland, England, Turkey and Australia as the world undergoes rapid change with the emergence of television, feminism and the sexual revolution.
The final part of the book is an exciting and bloody climax to a forgotten period and a forgotten people, the Turks of Cyprus.
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