Panayotis had a magical childhood growing up in a small seaside town in Cyprus. After two years as an army conscript (at a time when the island suffered first a military coup and then an invasion), he traveled to Britain where he studied law at Oxford and qualified to practice at the Bar. Having then decided that he didn't want to .... more
Panayotis had a magical childhood growing up in a small seaside town in Cyprus. After two years as an army conscript (at a time when the island suffered first a military coup and then an invasion), he traveled to Britain where he studied law at Oxford and qualified to practice at the Bar. Having then decided that he didn't want to be a lawyer, he also graduated art school, and for many happy years he worked as a painter and sculptor, until a spell of artist's block led to a very short course in creative writing...
His time now exclusively devoted to writing, The Dead of August was his first novel, a contemporary satire set in London, where he lives. His own experiences while working in the city as an artist, together with the colorful relationships of many of his friends, provided Panayotis with a wealth of material to draw on. Surprisingly all his friends are still talking to him, and none of them are planning to sue him.
As well as receiving a starred Kirkus review, The Dead of August was named to Kirkus Reviews' "Best Books of 2015".
Also set in modern-day London, Bowl of Fruit (1907) tells the story of a man with a fantastical talent, and of his epic, twenty-four hour journey with a beautiful ghost-writer who knows much more about his past than he does.
Calling it "a magically original story" and "an incredible read", IndieReader named Bowl of Fruit (1907) as one of its "Best Indie Books of 2015".
“Relieved, complicated, and strengthened by its trenchant observations of horrible people, along with black humor...” (Kirkus Reviews), POLK, HARPER & WHO is a contemporary story of complicated friendships and family relationships, and ultimately of the triumph of imperfect London love within imperfect London lives.
London 1969. While men are walking on the moon, a series of dramatic events threaten to have lasting repercussions for Jane and the people she loves... In another starred review, and naming it one of their "Indie Best Books of the Month" for June 2018, and then one of their "Best Books of 2018", Kirkus Reviews have acclaimed The Madness of Grief as a "richly complicated, and deeply engaging coming-of-age tale." Lightened by a touch of Panayotis' familiar dark humor, "the story moves rapidly, contains a genuine mystery, and is thoroughly entertaining." Casey Dorman - Lost Coast Review
Psychological, Magical, Mad, Panayotis' fifth book is another London story of a journey on a long winding road and beyond. Describing the writing as "intentionally disorienting and unnervingly addictive", Kirkus Reviews judged Finger of an Angel an "exceptional novel". It was also a Finalist in the 2019 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards.
With the dreadful 2020 drawing to a close, Panayotis finished his sixth novel, hoping its satirical foretelling of the future will not come to pass... London 2030. When a postman knocks on his door, the news he delivers will cause 70-year-old Anthony Pablo Rubens to reflect on all the sadnesses and joys of the past, while he begins to prepare for the surprises of the future. The present is a Kafkaesque nightmare worse than Orwell's 1984, "a hideous world where people don’t need to be watched by Big Brother.” A dystopian political satire, The Coldness of Objects is also a story of loss, and of different kinds of love. In yet another starred review, Kirkus Reviews have described it as "a thoroughly gripping novel" and an "intriguing, timely, and terrifying portent of life after Covid-19."
If anyone would like to get in touch with him, there is a contact email address for Panayotis on his website.
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