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"The Spice Box Letters" long listed for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015.
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The Spice Box Letters
Katerina longs to know why her late grandmother, Miriam, refused to talk about the past. She inherits a journal and handwritten letters stashed in a wooden spice box, cryptic treasures written in Armenian, Miriam’s mother tongue. On vacation in Cyprus, Katerina finds the key to unlocking her grandmother’s secrets and discovers a family legacy of exile and loss. Aged seven, Miriam was expelled from her home in Eastern Turkey and witnessed the death of her beloved brother Gabriel or so she believed. Katerina sets out on a fact finding mission across the island and solves a mystery that changes her life and lays the ghosts of her grandmother’s turbulent past to rest.
The US edition of The Spice Box Letters, published by Macmillan, will be out on September 13
"The Spice Box Letters is a beautifully evocative novel that moves from past to present and affirms the enduring love of family and explores the tragic, unsettling wake of the Armenian genocide. Eve Makis has written a novel that should be read, contemplated, and read again." —Peter Golden, author of Wherever There Is Light
Published by Sandstone Press in March 2015
Land of the Golden Apple
For Socrates growing up in a small Cypriot village is both idyllic and frustrating. Summer is on the horizon and yet his parents, his teachers and his interfering neighbours seem intent on spoiling his fun. He spends his time setting off homemade fireworks and causing explosions, tormenting local pensioners, spying on his brother’s girlfriends and escaping the clutches of the village policeman on his illegal moped. But his carefree days are numbered as the jasmine-scented breeze mingles with the threat of danger. Behind the façade of respectable island life lurk dark and menacing forces. An abused wife plots revenge on her violent husband and a dangerous predator stalks the innocent.
Land of the golden Apple is now available as an audio book
Land of the Golden Apple is now available on CD, read by David Thorpe, whose TV credits include The Brittas Empire and Jonathon Creek. The audio edition is available directly from Isis Publishing on freephone 0800 731 5637 or through their website www.isis-publishing.co.uk.
Good Housekeeping review :
Rich with the colour and atmosphere of a small Cypriot village, this gutsy tale starts with the misbehaviour of a boy and his mother's attempts to rein him in. When he oversteps youthful fun with a potentially deadly prank, the spotlight falls briefly on him before illuminating a more adult and disturbing crime set to shake the community. Makis translates the darker sides of domestic, small-town life into engaging, vibrant prose.