Monday 25 February 2019

Panayiota by John Manuel



Chill with a Book READERS’ Award

Two teenage sisters, growing up in the Plaka district of Athens, Greece. Their parents keep a taverna, where there is music and dancing regularly. Life seems idyllic, and the girls can't think of anything that they ought to worry about, except for having a good time.

The only problem is, this is the late 1930's, and things are about to change in ways they could never have imagined.

An old woman lies dying in a hospice in the UK. She has an incurable cancer and is in the early stages of dementia. Yet, in her lucid moments, she wants to tell her story, before it's too late and her secrets are lost forever, to the only person who will listen. That person is her nephew, a retired accountant who has the time to sit and keep her company during her long, lonely, final days.

Panayiota was a teenager when the Germans walked into Athens in 1941. How she ended up in a hospice in the UK is the subject of an extraordinary tale, during the telling of which her nephew will learn things that will shake what he believes about his family and himself to the very core.

Genre:  War Story Fiction
Approx pages:  240

Panayiota was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against the following...

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