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Beyond Our Dreams (Back of Beyond Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Sheila Hawkins , Harry Hawkins
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Beyond Our Dreams, the bestseller first published in 1997, sold 5,000 copies in Cyprus. Popular demand resulted in a second edition in 2005 and now in 2013 an Amazon Kindle updated edition.
The book, sequel to its bestselling predecessor, THE BACK OF BEYOND, takes a compelling view at the way of life in a remote Akamas village in Cyprus, where Sheila and Harry Hawkins built their dream home.
With a wonderful eye for detail, the author has captured the outstanding beauty of the area - giving the reader a unique insight into some of the wildlife. Here too, where Adonis and Aphrodite roamed, the mythology of the Akamas is explored and one of its ancient secrets briefly uncovered.
Once again the writing is enhanced by Harry Hawkins' superb illustrations.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5266 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Sheila Hawkins - Back of Beyond Publications; 3 edition (18 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #206,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in the Devonshire Riviera town of Torquay, Sheila was the second child of a young Detective serving in the Devon Constabulary. As he rose through the ranks the family was moved from one location to another, and together with her brother, Sheila spent an idyllic childhood in this most beautiful of counties.

She chose to follow a sporting career, opting for her first love, swimming, which she taught in schools and Sports Centres. Marriage to Harry, then a young Flying Officer in the Royal Air Force, followed and the couple produced two children, Karen and Jeremy. A posting to Bomber Command at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, when the children were still at primary school, meant they were living close to the town of Lincoln, and to widen the scope of her teaching, Sheila enrolled at the prestigious Bishop Grosseteste College, which offered a course in Physical Education for women.

In 1971 Harry was posted to RAF Episkopi Near East Command in Cyprus, and Sheila was appointed swimming instructor to the British Schools for Service children in Limassol. Three happy years of sunlit days and moonlit nights followed, until the summer of 1974, when the coup d'état, culminating in the Turkish invasion, brought tragedy and chaos to the island.

Back in the UK, Sheila continued to pursue the teaching of swimming and physical education until 1980, when fortune smiled and Harry was posted to Cyprus once again, this time as Senior Education and Training Officer at RAF Akrotiri.

Three more happy years followed, and it was during this tour of duty that they purchased the land at Neo Khorio, on the edge of the Akamas wilderness, where they would later build their dream home.

In the summer of 1983 Harry was posted back to Headquarters Strike Command at High Wycombe, where the couple found it difficult to readjust to life in the UK. Within a year, and after a great deal of thought, Harry resigned his commission and they returned to Cyprus to set up home on the wild and beautiful piece of land at Neo Khorio.

Enthralled at the sheer beauty of the region, Sheila began to write about the things she saw around her, at the same time recounting their experiences as they struggled with the language and the totally different way of life in a remote Cypriot village. The rest, as they say, is history!

Sheila Hawkins is a member of the Society of Authors

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
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You will definitely wish you had been there
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 4 Jun. 2014
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Loved it! It really captures the atmosphere of the Akamas Penisula in Cyprus. Can only recommend. Unfortunately, the author died during my last visit to Cyprus. Would love to have met her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brought back wonderful memories 22 July 2013
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Having lived in Cyprus as a child at the same time as Sheila this was a sensitive and amusing reminder of the quirks of Cypriot life. I love the fact we get to know the Hawkins family even better, and my Mum and I use dthe book to visit several of the places named. A lovely read for Cyprus fans.
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