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Eat, Drink and Be Married by [Makis, Eve]
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Eat, Drink and Be Married Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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A blackly funny and heartwarming story about mothers and daughters, growing up and breaking free with a hint of magic and mouthwatering delicacies - Anita and Me meets East is East with a touch of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

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Anna's head reels with plans to escape life behind the counter of the family chip shop on a run-down Nottingham council estate. Her mother Tina wants nothing but the best for her daughter: a lavish wedding and a fully furnished four-bedroom house with a BMW parked in the driveway. She thinks Anna should forget the silly notion of going to college and focus on finding a suitable husband. Mother and daughter are at loggerheads and neither will give way.

Anna's ally and mentor is her grandmother Yiayia Annoulla. She tells Anna stories about the family's turbulent past in Cyprus, the island home they were forced to abandon. Yiayia practises kitchen magic, predicts the future from coffee grains and fills the house with an abundance of Greek-Cypriot delicacies.

Anna longs for the freedom enjoyed by her brother Andy but spends time appeasing her parents, dodging insults from drunken customers or going on ill-fated forays with her petulant cousin - the beautiful Athena. It is only when family fortunes begin to sour that Anna starts to take control of her own destiny...


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1022 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sandstone Press (15 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J1JVJT2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #313,291 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A fascinating insight into the perils of first generation immigrant families transplanting and rigidly adhering to outmoded cultural attributes oblivious to their built-in obsolescence. Brilliantly written from the point of view of a young, second-generation girl stifled by well-intentioned yet mis-guided parenting. As well as witty, tongue-in-cheek black humour, the author displays a formidable zest for commentary which has the feel of a fly-on-the-wall prose or a semi- autobiographical account. A thoroughly enjoyable journey of Anna's quest to dismantle a seemingly impenetrable, yet fragile cocoon.
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By Kate Hopkins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 April 2015
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Anna is a studious sixth former, the daughter of Greek Cypriot immigrants who came to England looking for a better life, and ended up running a fish and chip shop in Nottingham. Anna works hard at school by day, and in the chip shop by night. Her social life largely consists of boring Sunday lunches with her Anglophile aunt Mirianthi ('Miriam') and her rather brutal English uncle Martin, occasional uncomfortable evenings out with their petulant daughter Athena, noisy get-togethers with her far more traditional aunt and uncle Stassroulla (Roulla) and Panicos and her cousin Maria, and long intimate chats to her beloved grandmother (Yiayia) who tells her stories of the family's past in Cyprus. Anna longs to go to university to read English, but her mother Constantina (Tina) is set on Anna making an early marriage to a good Greek boy and having lots of children, and her father Adonis (Tony), though proud of his daughter, is under his wife's thumb in such matters. Meanwhile, Anna's brother Andy disappoints his parents by being stubbornly anti-intellectual, but works hard in the chip shop. Can he and Anna persuade Tina and Tony that it's OK for Anna, as well as Andy, to break with tradition, and to let her go away to university?

'Eat, Drink and Be Married' is a warm-hearted, cosy novel, which in some respects I enjoyed more than Makis's second novel ('The Mother In Law'). Makis paints an interesting picture of Cypriot life in the UK, and without complaining in any way throws in some subtle explanations of the shocking way in which immigrants are treated outside the more cosmopolitan areas of London - some of the descriptions of life in the chip shop really get you thinking. Yiayia is a fascinating character, and her stories about Cyprus are beautiful.
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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
The story is about a family, there isn't a great deal of a storyline - no mysterious plot unfolding, or high drama, but a realistic and often blackly funny look at modern life for an immigrant family. Anna works in her parents fish and chip shop, on a council estate in the city of Nottingham. Her parents; Tina and Tony left Cyprus years ago and have worked very hard to build up their business. They may have left their homeland behind, but their customs and traditions are firmly held. Anna is tired of her mother and her aunts trying to find her a 'nice Greek boy' to marry - their ideal man would own a fish and chip shop, drive a Mercedes and have a modern mock Tudor house on the outskirts of the city. Anna, on the other hand, would like to go to college, would like to have a career and would like to find her own boyfriend.
Despite these differences, this is a family who love each other, are loyal and steadfast and will defend each other to the hilt. They are subject to ridicule, racist remarks and sometimes violence from the local people who lurch into the chippy with a belly full of beer on a Friday and Saturday night. There are also locals who love the family, who work with them and befriend them and will defend them.

This is a story of the difficulties faced by first generation teenagers. Trying to keep up with the local kids, trying to please the family. Rebelling against the old traditions. It's also a story of how the older generation want to keep their ideals, want to carry on their customs and want the very best for their children.
There are some wonderfully funny characters, not least Anna's Mum Tina - a bolshy woman who swears like a trooper (in Greek) at those that annoy her and smiles sweetly at anyone who may be an authority figure.
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Format: Paperback
This was a nice easy read that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is the British answer to My Big Fat Greek Wedding. A genuine insight into the typical life of a 1st generation British born Cypriot girl. It can even double up as a Greek recipe book with each chapter begining with the ingredients and instructions for a popular Greek dish! The book is charming and witty and in places totally hilarious without the need to exagerate the characters and how it really is. I would definately read it again.
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This is a great chick-lit novel with a difference, it focuses on the life of Anna a Greek-Cypriot girl. She struggles with her overbearing but loving parents to further her education and find her place in life. The novel perfectly encapsulates the essence of her family and their heritage. The characters are great and are portrayed humorously but kindly, and the story has a gentle wisdom that large families will understand. I highly recommend you read it.
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