The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop. Recommended by Unsworth Library staff.
‘Victoria Hislop has a passion for Greece which is evident in all her books. Her books whilst being novels are also informative.She writes about the ordinary lives of everyday people dealing with extraordinary times.’
In 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean. Tourism and commerce boom in the city, with Greek and Turkish Cypriots living and working harmoniously side by side. Elsewhere on the island, there has been a decade of unrest and violence between the communities and in 1974, following a Greek military coup, Turkey invades the island to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority. As Famagusta is shelled, its population flees. In the now deserted city, just two families are left behind. ‘The Sunrise’ tells the story of this small group living in hiding.