Turbulent times, too, for the freedom-fighter and aspiring writer Antonis, who loves and loses the beautiful Aliki; for Mehmet, the precocious goat-herd who goes on to become the only waiter in Kythrea to pass the Cambridge Proficiency in English examination; for Pirate, the one-eyed Turkish girl who married an English deserter; for Cooper, the savant-soldier who becomes obsessed with ideas of responsibility, betrayal and atonement after his friend Jammy dies in a horrific fire; and for Harrap, the reluctant hero, who finds love and happiness in a remote Kythrean village.
In his enthralling first novel, David Ashley deftly weaves the disparate stories of his protagonists with the machinations of cynical statesmen.
And then there is the landscape; sometimes brutal, sometimes beautiful, always evoking the distant echoes of antiquity.
David Ashley lived in Cyprus for twenty-five years. Before that he had worked in Libya, Oman, and Papua New Guinea. He now lives in South-West Scotland. In 1992, he was the runner-up in the Bridport Arts Festival Short Story Competition, the prestigious Bridport Prize.
The Lemon Groves of Louvaras is his first novel.