The acropolis, as I climbed it, showed nothing but lavender and a summit filmed with bluish, wind-bitten stones. From here you may sometimes glimpse other lands – Turkey, Syria, Lebanon – but today, as on most days, the shrine of Aphrodite marked the end of the world.
The people, their history and the beauty of an island on the brink of tragedy.
This is the account of a unique journey – a six-hundred-mile trek on foot around Cyprus in the last year of the island’s peace. Colin Thubron intertwines myth, history and personal anecdote in a quest from which the characters and places, architecture and landscape all spring vividly to the reader’s eye.