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By Ann Butler Rowlands

What happens when the European middle classes come out to play on an upwardly mobile Greek island?

‘Shirley Valentine meets Last Tango in Paris.’

Sophie Duffy, Judge 2015 Exeter Short Story Prize

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‘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.

The Beautiful Journey was published in the 2015 Exeter Short Story Prize Collection (as Heaven), The Shore of the Morning Sea was published in The Ball of the Future Earlyworks Press 2014 (as Angela), One Candle (as Tom) was shortlisted in the Fish Short Story Prize 2014/15 and A Fabulous Caparison was longlisted in the Bath Short Story Award 2016.


‘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. 

‘Not for the prudish...a touching, frank, brutally candid exposé of play in a paradise, away from home.’

Michael Jordan, author of The Seventy Ninth Heresy and Mary The Unauthorised Biography.


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