The Spice Box Letters by Eve Makis

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Katerina longs to know why her late grandmother, Miriam, refused to talk about the past. She inherits a journal and handwritten letters stashed in a wooden spice box, cryptic treasures written in Armenian, Miriam's mother tongue. On vacation in Cyprus, Katerina finds the key to unlocking her grandmother's secrets and discovers a family legacy of exile and loss. Aged seven, Miriam was expelled from her home in Eastern Turkey and witnessed the death of her beloved brother Gabriel or so she believed. Katerina sets out on a fact finding mission across the island and solves a mystery that changes her life and lays the ghosts of her grandmother's turbulent past to rest.


The US edition of The Spice Box Letters, published by Macmillan, will be out on September 13

Published by Sandstone Press in March 2015

"The Spice Box Letters" long listed for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015.

The Spice Box Letters wins a place on One Big Book Launch 2015

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The Spice Box Letters in Greek


Fans of Victoria Hislop’s prose or Khaled Hosseini’s storytelling will love The Spice Box Letters, for Eve Makis’s latest novel is remarkable. It deserves to be an international bestseller and I have no doubt it will pick up an award or three. Beautifully written with inventive structure, compelling characters, historical horrors and natural humour, it’s a rich feast.....

Read more of the review by NottsLit here


I would advise buying a packet of tissues before you start reading this extraordinary novel which depicts the human cost of war. The novel is peppered with vividly evoked scenes of the physical, emotional and mental trauma that many Armenian families went through during the massacre of their people in WWI......

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" I picked up the large print version of this book for one of my Library home delivery clients, but it looked interesting, so decided to read it myself first. I couldn`t put it down ! I hadn`t read any of her books before so have just found the website to find other titles. I`m about to email my daughter to recommend her to read it too. "

Posted by: valerie day
10:04 am, 23rd July 2016

" It was a great pleasure to meet Eve at Southwell Library this evening. "The Spice Box Letters" is a gripping and timely novel about a dreadful event which occurred in the death throes of the Ottoman Empire . It also provides memorable characters of great resilience and humanity. It was fascinating to hear the author talk about the process of bringing a novel to life. Thank you Eve, other venues might produce larger audiences but none which could exceed our appreciation. "

Posted by: Gillian Starkey
9:56 am, 27th May 2015

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