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Beneath the Fig Leaves

A Memoir of Food, Family and Greece

Olympia Panagiotopoulos



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Affirm Press
31 March 2020
In 1955, in a village in Greece that was marred by war and poverty, Giannoula and Fotios Panagiotopoulos dreamed of providing a better life for their children. Australia, it was rumoured, was a land of opportunity where hard work brought reward. Leaving behind family and friends, they set off to make a new home on the other side of the world.

Half a lifetime later, under the shade of a fig tree and in the dappled Melbourne sunlight, Giannoula regales her youngest daughter, Olympia, with stories of her homeland and journey. An evocative exploration of the ties that bind, BENEATH THE FIG LEAVES weaves an irresistible tapestry of family, food and history to stir the heart and senses.
By:   Olympia Panagiotopoulos
Imprint:   Affirm Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Weight:   300g
ISBN:   9781925972665
ISBN 10:   1925972666
Publication Date:   31 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Born in Melbourne to Greek parents, Olympia Panagiotopoulos comes from a long line of storytellers who inspired in her a love of folklore, myths and legends. Themes of identity and belonging are central to her writing and she is a strong advocate for celebrating bold female characters - in story and in everyday life. When she is not writing, Olympia can be found tending her garden and photographing the light through the fruit trees of Sunshine, Melbourne. Her debut memoir, Beneath the Fig Leaves, is a vibrant and compelling tribute to her heritage and parents' journey.

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