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Why I wrote this book
The story takes place during the years 1966/67 when I returned to Greece for the first time since I was a small child. Though I was aware of the coup having taken place just before the second visit in May 1967 and knew it affected my uncle's job and life, I didn't take in too much. I was young, having fun and on the surface all seemed pretty normal. It was later that I began to understand just how terrible was the repressive nature of the military regime for those who dared to voice any kind of protest. There are regimes like this still here with us today and this story sets out to give some idea of how ordinary people are affected and families torn apart.Dying Phoenix is a sequel to my very first published book, The Long Shadow, which was set in Greece during World War One and afterwards. Both these books are dear to my heart because I explore the dichotomy of belonging to two quite different cultures through them and the characters involved. I have re-lived some of those first experiences in Greece in writing about them when all was new, thrilling, exciting to my English side. The story is about an English man and a Greek woman. My parents calling from within my soul?
Mary Cade writer of The Bermondsey Grail:
Dying Phoenix comes from the writer's soul. A different level of intensity, because on an epic scale. The characters.... I'm speechless, they are so real and full of all the contradictions and fallabillity that plagues the highest idealist. Wonderful how the author gives all sides of the story, the believers in democracy and freedom, the believers in right wingedness and repression and Dimitrios, ah, he and his family and the prostitute and his thoughts are so wonderful. ALL the families are wonderful, so real and different and individual. And Greece. Greece is a living presence. The descriptions of Greece. The love for Greece. The poetry at the beginning and half way through. There is so much pain for Greece, so reflective and relevant now. A universal message. And Nina waking up as the tanks rumbled in. That whole night scene. What a book!
Matador an imprint of Troubador Publishing
3rd February 2014
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