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First published in 1990 by Oliver Burch, this is am unpretentious account of the author's travels around North Cyprus. I think it should appeal to seasoned travellers, people who know the place or are planning a visit to the region, and to those who may have a holiday home there. The armchair traveller, too, should not be disappointed.
Today, North Cyprus is a popular destination for tourists seeking sunshine and many foreigners have acquired holiday homes there, but most visitors still do not visit many of the places described in this travelogue, which is a shame as North Cyprus has more to offer than just sandy beaches. The hospitality of the people, particularly in places off the beaten track, is legendary.
In the preface to the book, the author says: "This is not a political book... Rather, it is an outsider's impression of a society grounded in a rich and colourful past, living on one of the most beautiful Mediterranean shores, yet uncertain as to what the furure will bring." For those who have discovered the place in the recent past, the book is a reminder of what has changed there since the book was written just over a quarter of a century ago. It also provides the reader with a disturbing glimpse of what things were like in the early days after the Turkish takeover in 1974. I found the chapter on Nicosia especially fascinating - pure nostalgia!
The glossary, bibliography and index at the end of the book are useful additions, something many travelogues lack.
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