The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop
We are delighted to announce that Victoria Hislop, author of bestselling novel, The Island, will be at Mainstreet to talk about her new book, The Sunrise, on Thurs 6th November.
In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is a city bathed in a golden glow of good fortune, a place where Greek and Turkish Cypriots live in harmony.
When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a devastating conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is attacked. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. The Turkish army put a cordon of barbed wire around the city. It remains empty to this day, inhabited only by snakes and rats.
In the deserted city, just two families remain – for different reasons it is impossible for them to leave. This is their story.
‘I have stood very close to the wire and surveyed it from the top of a building. It is a truly extraordinary place. It really makes your hairs stand on end, to see the dark windows of dozens of hotels, knowing that their beds are probably still unmade, and that there are tables still set in the dining room – gathering dust and dilapidation for four decades. It gave my imagination more than enough to work on.’ Victoria Hislop