A wonderfully atmospheric coming-of-age novel, with a memorable cast of characters, centring on an irrepressible young boy growing up in a Cypriot village.
From the Back Cover
Spring has come to this Cypriot village, bringing with it an open invitation for Socrates to indulge in his favourite pastimes: setting off homemade fireworks, tormenting local pensioners, spying on his brother's girlfriends, and defying his beleaguered mother. An uneasy truce is reached after an unfortunate incident with a box of matches, and a lazy peace is restored.
But behind the scenes in this seemingly idyllic backwater, an abused wife plots revenge on her husband, a scheming miser falls in love and a dangerous predator stalks the innocent. Spring brings a rude awakening to all of the villagers and Socrates in particular. The jasmine scented air carries with it real menace that will shake this close knit community to its very core...