Saving Septic Cyril
Published November 2015
The ghosts of his past find their way in anyway – and now one of his neighbours wants him evicted.
When Saabira moves in next door with her husband Aaman and their young daughter, she hopes the family has left all its troubles behind in Pakistan.
But memories can be stubborn things, and Saabira has a few that even the wild winds from the moors can’t shake.
Cyril just wants to be left in peace. Saabira just feels compelled to reach out.
With all their differences, can the two of them begin to trust each other?
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A Wander Through the Village
Published April 2016
Just then, a little green fly lands on his shirt, and it gives him an idea – something he can use to explain why the crop failed, and deflect the blame. It’s a bold lie, but it might just work…
A Wander Through the Village is a collection of short stories, in which we meet old friends and some new ones. In addition, the book is a guide to the Greek village, listing the characters and Greek phrases that are used in each of the first fifteen books, as well as notes about what inspired me to write each of them, what I was hoping to achieve in the process and a set of questions for book clubs. I hope you find these interesting. Oh, and there are maps of the village and Orino Island, too!
And finally – because I could not resist – I have included some wonderful pictures of beautiful Greece. If you haven’t read all the books in the series, please note that the handbook section includes spoilers…
Happy reading, Sara Alexi
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The Greek Village Colouring Book
Published November 2016
Wow, life is so hectic these days!
Everything seems to be keyed up to keep us permanently moving in the fast lane.
We are constantly available through our phones and social media and it can feel as if the world expects us to juggle our time and to continuously keep going no matter what.
Well, let’s take a breath and, just for a second, let’s see if we can’t do things a little differently.
The Mediterraneans have long been considered to hold the secrets of longevity and mostly we have attributed this to their diets. But having lived in Greece for many years I suspect it is more than that. I have never met a group of people more happy to just sit and be, in the present moment, and at these times they are relaxed and free of the stresses and strains of the modern world.
Some call this mindfulness – the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment, and accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key factor contributing to happiness and wellbeing.
But how easy to slip into a dream, stare without judgement at the beautiful landscapes of Italy or Greece! With this in mind, it seems clear that a therapeutic colouring book based on these images could be a great aid to relaxation and the practice of mindfulness. Researchers have acknowledged the therapeutic qualities of art for years, and recent studies suggest that art therapy, practiced in a mindful way, can significantly to decrease symptoms of physical and emotional distress. One study concluded that after only one hour of art therapy, adults of all ages ’overwhelmingly expressed comfort’ and a desire to continue with the therapy.
So I offer you The Greek Village colouring book. Half of the images I have drawn, and the others I feel do a better job of the subject than I could do myself. I love to draw but these days all my time is taken by writing The Greek Village series – a positive, feel-good set of books set under warm skies.
Consequently I did not feel I could bring out a drawing book without slotting a few stories in between the images, just short enough to be read in one gulp and leave you smiling, or contemplating, or both.
My hope is that you become lost in the images and transported by your creations.
May time slow down and I hope you find peace within these pages.
The Piano Raft
Published January 2017
The Piano Raft is an unforgettable, heart-warming story about love, a piano and a hand-built raft that will have you enthralled, laughing and sitting on the edge of your seat as you sail (precariously) upon the rivers and canals from Yorkshire to London.
Neil, a disillusioned art student, wakes to find himself drifting down a canal on a raft, accompanied by a small fluffy dog, to the sound of his girlfriend’s piano being played by a stranger. Through the fog of his hangover, he tries to piece together the events of the night before which brought him to this curious and unexpected situation, and to work out what on earth to do next.
The current is carrying him swiftly on towards the capital, where Kim, the piano’s owner, has recently started a new life.
As Neil’s journey continues, and whilst trying to conjure the courage to win Kim back, his story captures the hearts and imaginations of the country as locals in the towns he passes and national media alike follow this unlikely hero on his equally unlikely adventure.
How will these extraordinary circumstances challenge and change a man whose life has been stuck in first gear, and who now needs to decide how far he will go for the woman he loves?
The current is swift, and there’s no turning back…
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The Other Daughter
Published November 2017
The Other Daughter by Sara Alexi is a compelling and gritty tale, set amongst the wild moors and crooked streets of a Yorkshire Village, following one woman who finally untangles herself from the clutches of a painful past and a self-centred mother.
More than a decade after leaving home Dawn finds herself stuck in a dead-end job, in a rundown flat, while her sister has it all – the husband, children and prestigious job in sunny Australia. Their mum’s favouritism is palpable, and even as she has a terrible fall leaving Dawn to pick up the pieces, nothing Dawn does can live up to her perfect, absent sister.
But still Dawn persists with taking care of her aging and fragile mum, until one day it begins to feel like the only thing standing between Dawn and her happiness is her mother’s continued, pitiful existence…
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