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Olives & Lemons

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Gain an insight into the heart of Cyprus

For most of its recorded history, the island has struggled under the rule of one foreign power or another, each bringing an alien religion or different doctrine to disturb the even tenor of country life. Perhaps the greatest upheaval of all, however, has occurred during the past half century. Until the mid-20th century, life had changed little for the people of the myriad villages scattered across the countryside. A visitor from the Middle Ages might have felt reasonably at home here. Once change began, however, it accelerated at an ever-increasing pace, altering the lives of virtually everyone on the island.

In this book Shirley Kay has tried to describe what is left of traditional life, the practices, beliefs and physical environment that have been the essence of Cyprus over the ages. Perhaps, after all, this age-old world of Cyprus village life will not be irrevocably lost, as she thought it must be when she first came to the village of Anogyra in the late 1980s. Today young people are beginning to renovate their grandparents' abandoned homes for their own holidays or eventual retirement. And visitors to the island, who make their way to these attractive villages, will gain an insight into the heart of Cyprus.


“an excellent tour of Cyprus from history to modern times, preserving the ways that will not be there much longer.”

“a new, beautifully illustrated culinary history book.”

“the essence of Cyprus over the ages.'


Size 210 x 290 mm
152 pages - incl. color photographs, illustrations and Maps
Rimal Books, 2013
ISBN 978 9963 610 35 8
Language: English

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Olives & Lemons
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Midwest Book Review
Recommended read, not to be missed

The island of Cyprus has a unique place in Mediterranean history. Olives & Lemons: Traces of Cyprus Past is a part memoir and part tribute to the Island of Cyrpus by Shirley Kay. Discussing the long history of the island, Kay tells how she came to know it so well through her diplomat husband and came to love the island as a home. With plenty of photography throughout, Kay offers a heartfelt look at the island and everything connected to it, and makes "Olives & Lemons" a very solid and recommended read, not to be missed.

Bonnie Neely
Lovely Olives & Lemons

Lovely Olives & Lemons by Shirley Kay is sub-titled Traces of Cyprus Past. The author came as a visitor to Cyprus and fell in love with the island and its old-world way of life, which disappears more every year. She moved there and through several decades of experiencing the wonderful traditions and warm spirited people in the village and agrarian communities she decided to document this disappearing culture. Through wonderfully descriptive text and beautiful photographs Kay takes us through the island from lovely beaches to snow-covered mountains. She introduces us to the kind and industrious people and their traditions, homes, architecture, farms, and arts and crafts. The book is an excellent tour of Cyprus from history to modern times, preserving the ways that will not be there much longer. Anyone who makes a trip to the island will want to own this book to show their friends because it beautifully covers it all.

Marsha Dubrow

Olives & Lemons: Traces of Cyprus Past by Shirley Kay is a new, beautifully illustrated culinary history book.

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