As unrest leads to war in 1960s Cyprus, one girl’s future is irrevocably changed...
Born into loving family in Famagusta, Yasmin is caught up in the violence that rips her community apart. In the chaos that follows, baby Yasmin is separated from her family, never to see them again. Adopted, she is raised by a stern stepmother who believes in discipline before love, and duty before fun.
Escaping strife riven Cyprus in the 70s, Yasmin travels to England where she hopes for a new life. But what will life England bring? And can she reconcile herself to her Cypriot history? And can she find the love she craves?
A Lost Child of Cyprus is the story of how the human spirit endures. Just as the island of Cyprus itself has seen conflict and hardship over time, so Yasmin’s story mirrors that of her island home in this sweeping tale of hope, loss and love.
Steven Baker was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1951 – the son of British migrant parents who returned to England when Steven was two. Steven has split his intervening years living in both Australia and the UK. A Lost Child of Cyprus is Steven’s sixth novel and is based on real life incidents in Cyprus and a chance meeting between the author and his Cypriot muse in London. Steven now writes full-time and lives in West Sussex.
Harry Chesney is having a tough childhood. After losing his mother to tuberculosis and his father to alcoholism, he is orphaned in Victorian England. As a result of losing his parents, he finds himself working in a Victorian workhouse.
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Eventually returning to England, Harry becomes the guardian of the illegitimate son of Captain Shervington, a late hero of the regiment. In the final twist of the tale, Ravi honours both his real father and guardian Harry Chesney by joining the army to fight in the Boer War…
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