Island in Revolt by Charles Foley
London : Longmans, 1962. First British Edition. Hardcover. 248 pages ; photographic illustrations ; 22 cm. $25 dust jacket with foxing. Foxing to front and rear endpapers, and side pages edges. Pages are unmarked. Binding is firm.
Island in Revolt
When Charles Foley threw up his job as foreign editor of the Daily Express to start his own newspaper in Cyprus in February 1955, he asked Lord Beaverbrook's advice and was told: "A newspaper is a fight—a fight for life".
This turned out to be literally true. While Foley was preparing the first issue of the Times of Cyprus, the first bombs exploded. In the four years that followed, two of his editorial staff were killed, a bomb was thrown at the front door on Christmas morning, and soldiers fought a gunbattle with Eoka men across the composing room. More than once the colonial administration-tried to close down the Times of Cyprus for criticising official policy; Foley was charged in a special court and his trial became a cause cilebre, debated in both Houses of Parliament. This book is his record of the struggle to produce a daily newspaper in the face of murder, riot and strike.
The author reveals new facts about the revolt and many other details which will come as a shock to most readers outside the island. He describes the disastrous political miscalculations that allowed the bloodshed to continue for so long, and tells how, convinced that the problem could never be solved by violence and that hanging terrorists made martyrs for the cause, he began to campaign in his newspaper for an independent Cyprus within the Commonwealth—the solution that was eventually achieved. He draws vivid portraits of the men who held power—the Governors, Sir John Harding and Sir Hugh continued on back flap continued from front flap Foot; Archbishop Makarios; and, of course, General Grivas: Foley was the only Englishman to meet the Eoka leader while the latter was still in Cyprus.
Exciting, controversial and even horrifying, the book is illustrated with remarkable photographs.
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