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    As a senior politician and diplomat, the lure of Jerusalem, the city of his birth, remained strong.

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  • Lovesong

    Afaf Zurayk

    An exquisite celebration of one of the deepest and strongest of human emotions.

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    The tradition of embroidery is one of the great art forms of village life in Palestine.

  • Threads of Identity

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    A record of 50 years Kawar spent researching, collecting and preserving part of the Palestinian heritage.

  • Rue du Mexique

    Suhail Bulos

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Shirley Kay

Kay's book records what is left of traditional village life in Cyprus.


Shirley Kay and her diplomat husband, Jolyon, first came to Cyprus in the late 1980s when their daughter and her family were posted to Episkopi. Shirley and the family were both fascinated by the old villages in the surrounding areas and they soon bought an old stone house in the village of Anogyra which served as their holiday home in Cyprus until 2007 when they settled there permanently.


In more than two decades visiting and living in Anogyra, they witnessed dramatic changes affecting the village which inspired Shirley to write this book and record what is left of traditional village life; a life that had attracted her family in the first place.


Before coming to Cyprus, Shirley spent more than 16 years living in various countries in the Middle East, and has written 15 books on many of the countries in which she lived. She studied European languages at Cambridge University, Arabic while living in Lebanon and Middle Eastern archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology in London. As a late starter, she has found Greek more of a challenge, but exploring the countryside for this book has certainly given her efforts a considerable boost.

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