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Heaven by Anne Butler Rowlands

Heaven by Anne Butler Rowlands

In a minute I want to tell you about a new book, written by a friend of mine, but first: There’s a great sense of calm now that Easter had finished. Mind you, I did hear a couple more dynamite explosions on Tuesday morning. I woke up thinking it was Wednesday and wondered why the Blue Star had not been in. I also wondered if I should put the water on to top up the sterna, and then I remembered it was Tuesday. That’s what long weekends do to you, I guess.

Easter cooking, don;t ask about the hat.

Easter cooking, don’t ask about the hat.

The fridge is still teaming with leftovers and a couple of non-eaten puddings, some biscuits from Katarina and some other goodies brought by friends, or given as presents. The rest of my olive bread went to the bar with Neil on Monday and was seen to by people there, we still have half a cheesecake to think about, and the last of the lamb stew should do for today. After that, it’s back to the usual routine and less cooking. We did quite well on Easter Sunday with bread, cheesecake, chocolate mousse, angel cakes and a full roast. We had lunch at around two, and I didn’t need to eat again until Monday lunchtime. There are still chocolates and a few Kinder eggs to get through. Anyway…

Olive bread

Olive bread

And now, the book  ‘Heaven’, by regular Symi visitor Anne Butler Rowlands.

 'Heaven', by regular Symi visitor Anne Butler Rowlands.

‘Heaven’, by regular Symi visitor Anne Butler Rowlands.

‘Heaven’, by Anne Butler Rowlands is described as: “‘Kapotheni’ has transformed itself from a ruined island into a playground for tourists. These eighteen linked stories highlight the funny, the tragic, the sinister, and the erotic aspects of the lives of the increasing crowds of middle-aged travellers and settlers, as they encounter the culture of a small Aegean community. In an exploration of the ways in which affection, love and lust forge links between diverse people, the light and dark aspects of sexuality thread through these stories, behind which lies the island, where the local community welcomes in the exhausted, the disillusioned, the sad and the lonely, giving warmth and hope to those who take the risk of meeting the new and the strange.”

And, described by me on the back cover as: “‘An idyllic island, glittering seas, blue skies, devious deeds…the stories are told with heart-piercing truth. Each one is a star in a deliciously dark firmament. Heaven is not just for the righteous.’ James Collins author of Remotely and The Judas Inheritance.”

And why am I pointing this out? Well, it won’t take a great leap to work out where ‘Kapotheni’ actually is. Regular visitors to Symi might even recognise some places, and possibly even some of the local characters. I’m not going to say too much more right now, but if you want to add another Symi inspired book to your collection, then click here for the Kindle or print version of ‘Heaven’, by regular Symi visitor Anne Butler Rowlands.