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The Sunrise [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Hislop
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The No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller

In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple are about to open the island's most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. Two neighbouring families, the Georgious and the Özkans, are among many who moved to Famagusta to escape the years of unrest and ethnic violence elsewhere on the island. But beneath the city's façade of glamour and success, tension is building.

When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city, just two families remain. This is their story.

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'Vibrant... Hislop brings history to life in this compelling tale' (Tatler)

Hislop brings her consummate storytelling skills to this enthralling tale of love, marriage and a community all put to the test (Woman & Home)

Heartbreaking... A fascinating insight into a part of Mediterranean history that isn't often explored (Essentials)

An imaginative tour de force, and a great read

(Daily Mail)

Fascinating (Sunday Mirror)

Hislop's writing effectively weaves the personal into the political without ever becoming overbearing. An informative but equally emotional read (Woman)

Fascinating and moving... Hislop writes unforgettably about Cyprus and its people (The Times)

An absorbing tale about family, friendship, loyalty and betrayal, set during a violent period in the history of Cyprus (Good Housekeeping)

Intelligent and immersive... Hislop's incisive narrative weaves a vast array of fact through a poignant, compelling family saga (The Sunday Times)

'Some beautiful writing about a difficult period in time makes for a great read' (Sun)

Adroitly plotted and deftly characterised, Hislop's gripping novel tells the stories of ordinary Greek and Turkish families trying to preserve their humanity in a maelstrom of deception, betrayal and ethnic hatred (Mail on Sunday)

One of the best things about this novel is the way Hislop depicts the growing teamwork, love, respect, and trust which two families of opposite persuasions manage to establish... Hislop hasn't of course been into Famagusta - no one may, even now - but has stood near the barbed wire and imagined what life was like there, then and now, with her usual gift for presenting bits of history most of us are unfamiliar with from a fictional point of view

(Independent on Sunday)

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The new novel from million-copy bestselling author Victoria Hislop

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1601 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Review (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IF7M7J2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,096 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Victoria Hislop is a writer and journalist. Her first novel, The Island, held the number one slot in the Sunday Times paperback chart for eight consecutive weeks and has sold one million copies. Her second novel, The Return, debuted at number one in the Sunday Times paperback chart.
She was named Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007.
Victoria lives in Kent with her husband and two children.

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125 of 133 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Kindle Edition
One of the great strengths of Victoria Hislop's writing is her ability to create a strong sense of time and place; the reader is drawn immediately into the setting. Her latest novel, The Sunrise, is no exception. This time, we visit 1970's Cyprus. It's a time of growth as tourism dominates and coastal resorts are booming. There are fortunes to be made and long standing differences are put aside as Greeks and Turks work alongside each other. The Sunrise of the title is a newly opened high end hotel on the Famagusta shoreline. Glitzy and opulent, it encapsulates the capitalist dreams of many. But the glittering success is in stark contrast to what is to follow. Fast forward a few months; there's a Greek coup, a Turkish invasion and 40,000 flee the city. Famagusta is deserted apart from a couple of families.

The historical setting is meticulously researched; it's a captivating framework for a well imagined story set around the people left behind after the invasion. It's a moving and sympathetic exploration of family secrets and betrayal. The devastation caused by the conflict is unbelievable and so different to the booming success a few months before.

I enjoyed the story, background and characters and had a strong sense of many of the losses and deprivations suffered. Until reading this, I was unaware that Famagusta remains a ghost town and have done further reading and research into this strange period. It's been thought provoking and fascinating. Another engaging, exciting and brilliantly executed read. My thanks to the publisher for a review copy via Netgalley.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but slightly disappointing 4 July 2015
By L. Hill
I was lucky enough to receive two copies of ‘The Sunrise’ by Victoria Hislop; one from Caitlin Raynor at Headline via Bookbridgr and the other from Joanne Finney through the Good Housekeeping Book Room on Facebook.

The story begins as Savvas and Aphrodite Papacosta are opening an opulent new hotel in the Cypriot town of Famagusta little realising the political turmoil that is about to put their wealth and lives at stake.

‘The Sunrise’ is a good book. Well written, it is thoroughly researched and blends the events of the 1970s with fiction to make an intelligent narrative as the invasion of Samagusta takes place. It is historically and geographically interesting and accurate.

However, I was disappointed. I loved Victoria Hislop’s previous books, especially ‘The Island’, and ‘The Sunrise’ felt flat in comparison. The pace seemed pedestrian and slow so that I found my mind wandering a bit as I read.

Other than Frau Bruchmeyer, I found I didn’t empathise with many of the characters. I thought much of the writing was more like a non-fiction telling of the facts than a fictionalised narrative showing the reader the details, and it wasn’t until the latter part of the text that it felt like I was reading a novel as the writing became more cinematic and vibrant. In fact, the part of the book I enjoyed the most was the historical essay at the end of the novel where I really felt Victoria Hislop’s narrative voice had returned.

I am sure there will be many who thoroughly enjoy ‘The Sunrise’. I did enjoy it, but I had hoped to be enthralled and sadly this wasn’t the case.
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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite 25 Sept. 2014
By susanl
Format:Kindle Edition
One of my favourite books of all time is The Island by Victoria Hislop and ever since I eagerly anticipate her next release. As with all her previous books, The Sunrise weaves true life historical events into the lives of fictional characters. Much like the island of Famagusta split in two, this book is written in two parts – before and after the invasion. We see the rise of the most palatial hotel Famagusta has ever seen and watch as golden couple Savvas and Aphroditi are torn in different directions away from each other. The Sunrise is the place to be and be seen and they are used to mixing with the rich and famous every day. Elsewhere on the island Greek and Turkish Cypriot families live a simpler life, but many are intrinsically linked to the fortunes of the new hotel.

Through reading, I discovered a part of history which I knew very little about and the author managed to convey the despair and fear felt by innocent families caught up in the middle of conflict. However I do feel that too many characters were included, so much so that at times I found it hard to follow and keep track of whose family members were who. As such I did not feel any true empathy with anyone as I prefer when there is one core character that we follow continuously rather than flitting in and out of people’s lives. I did enjoy reading about Aphroditi and was intrigued by her as I thought she had more substance behind her shallow exterior, but unfortunately I was wrong and there was very little to her after all.
The Sunrise is an interesting insight into an important part of Greek history without bogging down the reader. I was just disappointed that I did not feel the same connection with the personal aspect of the story as with previous books, mainly because I felt there were too many points of view. However, if you usually shy away from historical fiction Victoria Hislop is the perfect place to start, as she blows the cobwebs from stories long forgotten.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointing 16 Jan. 2015
When a writer produces a fantastic and highly acclaimed first book as Victoria Hislop did with "The Island" expectations run high for future books. This is her fourth full length book and I felt that the magic that the author had created previously ran a little dry in this story.

The background of this story was fascinating. I knew very little about the division of Cyrus, how it had come about and why. There is quite a lot of detail of the politics behind this division within this book which although interesting did go into rather more detail than I felt the story required. I did get a bit bogged down in historical and political detail in places and must confess to skim reading over some of it.

The story centres around a very glamorous hotel in Famagusta, the owners and a few of the workers and their families. There are several main characters in this book with the focus changing as the story develops. We begin by focussing on Savvas Papacosta and his building of The Sunrise before turning our attention to his wife Aphroditi. I got quite interested in their characters but felt that they were rather abandoned as the book developed and was very disappointed with how little detail we had on their lives after they were forced to leave Famagusta. They did crop up again but with little detail. The story then begins to focus on two families, one Greek and one Turkish. We then follow their story through to the end. I wonder if there were too many main characters in this book. It was almost as if the author wasn't sure whose story to tell next.

I did struggle to get emotionally involved with any of the characters though I did sympathise with their situation and some events which happened to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Victoria Hislop
Victoria Hislop once again produces a very good book full of historical events. If you have never read any of her books you certainly are missing out The Island was one of my... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Mrs stella norris
4.0 out of 5 stars but its a very good read, but not as good as the
Only half way through the book, but its a very good read, but not as good as the island
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sunrise!
A wonderful read. Victoria Hislop is such a fantastic writer I actually felt as though I was there. This book tells the story well.
Published 7 hours ago by ACS
5.0 out of 5 stars A really really good read
I found that I finished this book far more quickly than I though as I it really took me in and I needed to know more about the characters and what would become of them
Published 8 hours ago by Gen82
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelmed
A nice read but not as good as her other books. The plot line seems a bit rushed and not so detailed, characters slightly stereotyped. Nevertheless enjoyable.
Published 9 hours ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Only what I expected from Victoria Hislop.....excellent
Published 1 day ago by w f rodgers and mrs jane rodgers
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting
Published 1 day ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Greek Tragedy
As a philhellene it's what I've come to expect from Hislop. An excellent story which paints a very fair picture of the causes and consequences of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read about the conflict in Cyrpus!
I was very excited about reading this book as my friend lived in northern Cyprus and I was keen to find out more about the conflict there. Read more
Published 1 day ago by lizpp
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Makes you feel like you are in Cyprus during the troubles
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