Love & Death in Cyprus
Love and Death in Cyprus is the story of the struggle of the Turkish Cypriot people told through the life of Leyla Ozkara, only child of the muktar, or mayor, of a small town in northwest Cyprus –a beautiful island in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
In 1957, Alexander Forbes, a pharmacist in the United Kingdom, volunteers to go to Cyprus as part of his National Service. It is here that he meets Leyla, and it is against this unlikely background of violence that they fall deeply in love.
Love and Death in Cyprus is full of promises made and broken. It is a thought-provoking book that moves between Cyprus, Scotland, England, Turkey and Australia as the world undergoes rapid change with the emergence of television, feminism and the sexual revolution. Its exciting and bloody climax pays tribute to a forgotten period and a forgotten people, the Turks of Cyprus.