Land of the Golden Apple by Eve Makis

Land of the Golden Apple

Eve Makis

There's no doubt about the feel of Greek culture and the setting in Cypriot life, but that’s not the main focus here. These dangers could be facing a group of young boys anywhere – as could the universal pains of coping with unpredictable adults. The ending comes as a something of a surprise too.

Extract

Socrates ran along the street feeling wretched, his feet banging hard against the tarmac, the wind slapping his face, rapid motion offering some relief from his misery. He found his father in the hallway and ran into his arms, tearfully relating his story about the taxi driver's brutality. Niko tried to calm his son with comforting words but all the while anger and resentment bubbled inside him. Enough was enough. This time the man had killed a bird; next time he might take a pot shot at his wife or his son. Something had to be done before it was too late.

Parallels
  • Listening For Small Sounds by Penelope Trevor
  • Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
  • Sardines and Oranges by Latifa Baqa

Books with similar mood

The Light of Amsterdam

David Park

The Outing

Audrey Corr

Dancing With the Two-headed Tigress

Tina Biswas

Did the Earth Move?

Carmen Reid

Love Lives

Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees

Blessings

Anna Quindlen

Columbia Road

Matt Whyman

The Hero's Walk

Anita Badami

The Match

Romesh Gunesekera

By the Tide of Humber

Daphne Glazer

Shelter

Frances Greenslade

The Making of Henry

Howard Jacobson

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

Ayelet Waldman

Behaving like adults

Anna Maxted

Bread Alone

Judi Hendricks

I Don't Know How She Does It

Alison Pearson

Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman

Elizabeth Buchan

The Words in my Hand

Guinevere Glasfurd

The Pocket Guide to Being an Indian Girl

B K Mahal

White Powder, Green Light

James Hawes

PS, I Love You

Cecelia Ahern

The Beekeeper's Pupil

Sara George

Let's Twist Again

Leo Cullen

Park and Ride

Miranda Sawyer

Winnie and Wolf

A N Wilson

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

Ann Weisgarber

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Abbi Waxman

A Boy Made of Blocks

Keith Stuart

A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman

Unexpected Lessons in Love

Bernadine Bishop

Girls Can't Make Gun Noises

Paul Surridge

Consolation

Michael Redhill

Three of a Kind

Alison Norrington

Buddha Da

Anne Donovan

The Birth House

Ami McKay

Digging to America

Anne Tyler

Light Falling on Bamboo

Lawrence Scott

Cutting for Stone

Abraham Verghese

Tell it to the Bees

Fiona Shaw

Beyond the Great Indoors

Ingvar Ambjørnsen

His 'n' Hers

Mike Gayle

That They May Face The Rising Sun

John McGahern

The Taxi Driver's Daughter

Julia Darling

Some Kind of Hero

Donna Hay

The Golden Door

Kerry Jamieson

Frankie and Stankie

Barbara Trapido

Fair Game

Elizabeth Young

Fin

James Delingpole