For most of its recorded history, the island has struggled under the rule of one foreign power or another, each bringing an alien religion or different doctrine to disturb the even tenor of country life. Perhaps the greatest upheaval of all, however, has occurred during the past half century. Until the mid-20th century, life had changed little for the people of the myriad villages scattered across the countryside. A visitor from the Middle Ages might have felt reasonably at home here. Once change began, however, it accelerated at an ever-increasing pace, altering the lives of virtually everyone on the island.
In this book Shirley Kay has tried to describe what is left of traditional life, the practices, beliefs and physical environment that have been the essence of Cyprus over the ages. Perhaps, after all, this age-old world of Cyprus village life will not be irrevocably lost, as she thought it must be when she first came to the village of Anogyra in the late 1980s. Today young people are beginning to renovate their grandparents' abandoned homes for their own holidays or eventual retirement. And visitors to the island, who make their way to these attractive villages, will gain an insight into the heart of Cyprus.
Shirley Kay is full of passion for life. But that's not what makes her unique. Personal passion is something we all possess in one way or another; Shirley, however, likes to take things a step further. The 77-year-old has practically travelled the entire world in her lifetime and as she does...
PISSOURI CONTACT - A Must-Have Book, Olives & Lemons
October 23, 2010
A must-have book for residents and visitors. Author Shirley Kay lives in a sympathetically restored old house in Anogyra; as the massive front door opens from the street, the view reveals the shadowy iliakos - now fitted with windows - and through to a traditional Cyprus courtyard, lush with...
CYPRUS GOURMET - Book Review of Olives & Lemons
October 18, 2010
This is the sort of book visitors who have more than the sun-sea-sand-and-sex interest in Cyprus buy to take home, and one that we residents always have on the bedside cabinets of our guest bedrooms. After 20 years of living here, I have to say I enjoyed it - a sort of refresher course, if you...
GRAPEVINE MAGAZINE - Book Review of Olives & Lemons
October 15, 2010
Why do we sometimes see a pair if horns hanging above a gateway, a wax offering of a body part in lonely little-used churches, what do old nylon stockings have to do with anari cheese, and why are the yellow daisies called Lazaros?
Olives and Lemons, Traces of Cyprus...
SUNJET MAGAZINE - Book Review of Olives & Lemons
October 01, 2010
For more than two decades, Shirley Kay has been either visiting or living in the Cypriot village of Anogyra. Over the years she has accumulated a vast amount of knowledge on the rural lifestyle, customs and traditions of the island and its people which, as they eagerly rush to embrace...
A very solid and recommended read, not to be missed
Midwest Book Review January 18, 2012
The island of Cyprus has a unique place in Mediterranean history. Olives & Lemons: Traces of Cyprus Past is a part memoir and part tribute to the Island of Cyrpus by Shirley Kay. Discussing the long history of the island, Kay tells how she came to know it so well through her diplomat husband and came to love the island as a home. With plenty of photography throughout, Kay offers a heartfelt look at the island and everything connected to it, and makes "Olives & Lemons" a very solid and recommended read, not to be missed.
-Amazon Reader Review
Lovely Lemons & Olives by Shirley Kay
Bonnie Neely January 07, 2011
Lovely Lemons & Olives by Shirley Kay is sub-titled Traces of Cyprus Past. The author came as a visitor to Cyprus and fell in love with the island and its old-world way of life, which disappears more every year. She moved there and through several decades of experiencing the wonderful traditions and warm spirited people in the village and agrarian communities she decided to document this disappearing culture. Through wonderfully descriptive text and beautiful photographs Kay takes us through the island from lovely beaches to snow-covered mountains. She introduces us to the kind and industrious people and their traditions, homes, architecture, farms, and arts and crafts. The book is an excellent tour of Cyprus from history to modern times, preserving the ways that will not be there much longer. Anyone who makes a trip to the island will want to own this book to show their friends because it beautifully covers it all.
-Amazon Reader Review by Bonnie Neely
DC Art Travel Examiner
Marsha Dubrow December 10, 2010
Olives & Lemons: Traces of Cyprus Past by Shirley Kay is a new, beautifully illustrated culinary history book.