Suzi Stembridge was born in Yorkshire, UK and founded and ran three businesses - Girl Friday, Filoxenia a specialist Greek Tour operator and Greco-file. She has spent the last 10 years writing the series JIGSAW, unashamedly with a Greek bias. The family saga is packed with adventure and there is a strong historical and travel theme to the books which span a 200 year period. They are great as a holiday read, perhaps for those who enjoy Hislop or de Bernieres.
Starting early 19th c with the GREEK LETTERS quartet, THE COMING OF AGE series is woven in to bring the books to the 21st century. Taken as a whole the series makes a strong social history, touching on many of the important events and themes of the past two hundred years. The eight novels are written chronologically as a series, but one which can be read in any order.
One volume: THE SCORPION'S LAST TALE set at the time of the Greek Junta in the 1970s and contains some unsettling content such as gender reassignment and torture. It was originally published under a pseudonym but is now published under the Suzi Stembridge name.
Suzi's first venture into travel was as an air-hostess in the early 1960s when with minimal training and a naive excitement she found herself the only cabin crew on flights going to Greece. These were called air-cruises, operated out of Southend airport and truly at the forefront of package holidays. Crete even had a grass airstrip in those days! No wonder her first book CAST A HOROSCOPE (alternative title DOORS TO MANUAL) is about an airhostess at this time. A time when sex outside marriage and certainly childbirth was taboo. The book explores childbirth out of wedlock, adoption issues, marriage and of course flying to exotic locations, mainly in Greece.
BRIGHT DAFFODIL YELLOW begins in Cyprus at the time of the Turkish occupation of 1974 and along with scenes in the Lake District, London at the time of the Moorgate underground crash, Portmeirion in Wales, it explores disguised identity.
THE GLASS CLASS is a tragic story, married life can pale so much after such sparkling beginnings.
The work which draws most on Suzi's experience as a tour-operator exploring remote areas of Greece with a huge interest in culture and history is the GREEK LETTERS quartet - 'making history' in that along with 'THE COMING OF AGE' Series it is the two hundred years story of one family, the ancestors and friends of Rosalind, the main character.
In 2016 Suzi wrote her first children's book: THE PUPPY WHO DIDN'T LIKE RAIN. It has been suggested that adults enjoy this book as much as children! So an age range of 6-11years up to 18+! it follows the adventures of a tiny puppy who was welcomed to its 'Person' family at the young age of 6 weeks, which although, except through special circumstance, is not normally recommended, although in this instance the vets said it was fine.
SYNOPSES of the books available on www.greco-file.com
Suzi was educated in North Wales and is an Open University BA Hons. graduate and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists (M.C.I.J.). She is married with two adult children.
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