July 1969. While men are walking on the moon, life in London for sixteen-year-old Jane takes unexpected turns. On the point of falling in love with her best friend Karl, she discovers that there’s more to her father’s spectacular girlfriend than at first meets the eye. In the sweltering heat of a fast-moving evening, other revelations quickly follow, reconciling Jane with her father but also reopening wounds from the past, laying bare raw emotions kept suppressed for too long. And as the evening draws to a close, the night’s drama has only just begun, unfolding in a sequence of violent events that threaten to have lasting repercussions for Jane and the people she loves… “A well-written, richly complicated, and deeply engaging coming-of-age tale.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Panayotis was born and had a magical childhood growing up in a small seaside town in Cyprus. After two years as an army conscript (during which time the island suffered first a military coup and then an invasion), he traveled to Britain where he studied law. 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 more about his past than he does.
Calling it “a magically original story” and “an incredible read”, IndieReader named Bowl of Fruit (1907) 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 another contemporary story of complicated friendships and family relationships, and ultimately of the triumph of imperfect London love within imperfect London lives. Intended as a tribute to a friend, it’s perhaps Panayotis’ most intimate novel.
1969. While men are walking on the moon, life in London for sixteen-year-old Jane takes unexpected turns. Lightened by a gentle touch of humor, The Madness of Grief is Panayotis’ fourth novel: “A well-written, richly complicated, and deeply engaging coming-of-age tale.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Panayotis’ favorite pastime is going to the movies, and ever since his friend/therapist/barber recommended The Sopranos, he has also discovered good TV. He travels to Cyprus often, to visit family and be near the sea.
If anyone would like to get in touch with him, there is a contact email address for Panayotis on his website.