I ventured into Paphos town and found a couple of bookshops but they only stocked tourist books in English. Trying to order the books I required was a matter of pigeon English/Greek with a dash of mime. Silly me, this is a Greek speaking country, what did I expect?
I put my thinking cap back on -- (it has small on the label) -- library – that is what I need, the good old, reliable library. To my disappointment, there was no library to be found! We had no Internet connection, and did not own my beloved laptop at that point. Carting a large PC to the one and only Internet cafe in the main town was not an option. I opted for putting my work back in a drawer, and concentrated on writing poetry.
My friend suggested looking around the small pocket of carboot sales that had started appearing on the island. To my delight, I found one or two useful books on Victorian living. You cannot imagine what those little beauties mean to me.
Soon I began to enjoy the banter on the Internet with a few friendly faces. These folk were my lifeline and kept me up to date with what was happening in the publishing world. Another friend telephoned me in great excitement in 2006 with a piece of news. A bookshop was opening and it was English owned. We rushed down, purchased ..., purchased ..., and sniffed, and ... Well, if you love books you will appreciate the high we were on that morning. Sadly, this year (2012), the shop closed. However, one or two of the Cypriot stores keep a selection, and Amazon deliver to Cyprus, so I am no longer without a supply. I fought the Kindle idea, but DH surprised me with one in 2011, and I am pleased he did. I now have the combination of the two, digital and paperback.
One thing that amuses me, is the fact that after all these years of trying to track down books to assist my writing, my own is now floating around the island of Cyprus. Now that does make me smile.
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