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(2015) Intelligent and immersive… a poignant, compelling family saga’ The Sunday Times
The No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller from the million-copy best-selling author of The Island, The Thread, and The Return.
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.
Praise for The Sunrise. . .
‘Fascinating and moving’
‘An imaginative tour de force, and a great read’
‘An absorbing tale about family, friendship, loyalty and betrayal’
‘Vibrant… Hislop brings history to life in this compelling tale’