The city lay in a beautiful bay. As the sun rose we began to see the sprawl of little Turkish houses clambering the steep slopes, painted in rosy pink, mauve, white, yellow, blue. The white domes of the Greek churches glistened in the fresh morning sunshine. The Long Shadow is compelling historical novel which tells the human story of the Eastern campaign in Salonika and will appeal to readers of The Island and The Thread. Fourteen-year-old Andrew discovers his mother's hidden diary at his grandmother's house during a Christmas holiday. His eyes are opened to a family secret when he reads about her time as a nurse on Salonika during the First World War, and the tragic love affair she had with his father, a Greek officer, who died in battle. Four years later Andrew is compelled to visit his father's country and trace his roots. What - and whom - he meets there will change his life forever. The Long Shadow is filled with descriptions of Greece and its people, dramatic images of battles and the terrible conditions endured by the allied armies fighting around Salonika. The Long Shadow illuminates a period of history not often featured in fiction and is highly topical as we approach the centenary of WW1 in 2014.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Born in Cairo, Egypt, I came to Britain during winter and saw my first view of snow! My English Dad fell in love with my beautiful Greek Mum in Athens during the war and wrote her a forty page love-letter when fighting in the desert so I guess writing is in my genes! I wrote my first novel in an exercise-book at sixteen and many others after that but then gave up writing for a long time. Now retired and living in Malvern,the muse has returned. I've since written and published The Long Shadow,The Crimson Bed, Middle Watch and Dying Phoenix.
The Long Shadow will be published in Greek by Oceanida.gr later this year and is now in its third English edition, printed by Matador www.troubador.co.uk. It is also available as a Kindle edition. My favourite story and dear to my Greek heart! Next year will see the centenary of WW1 and this novel explores the Eastern Campaign in Salonika, a theatre of the war seldom discussed or explored. I hope that many people will now take an interest in this 'sideshow' of the Great War - which was anything but that.
The sequel to The Long Shadow is my story, Dying Phoenix. This story is set in Greece during the time of the Colonels' takeover in April 1967. I began this story a while ago but it is now oddly apt considering the present dilemmas faced by the Greek people.