Well after many sleepless and anxious nights, my second book (The Corsica) has finally arrived safely to the Port of Melbourne. I can now proudly announce that my book launch will take place at Saint John’s College Auditorium(1 Blanch Street Preston) on Sunday the 25th of November between 2 and 4pm.
The book contains 56 amazing stories of migration from 1951. That’s right, 70 years ago.
I was very fortunate to have met and interviewed a number of passengers who traveled on this ship from Cyprus to Australia in search of a better life. To say that the Corsica was a dilapidated ship, is an understatement. In fact, according to many passengers, the ship was never sea worthy and should never have been commissioned for such a long journey. Apart from a cargo of rotten potatoes and onions (can you imagine the stench) the ship’s fresh water tank was contaminated (some say sabotaged) and there were numerous mechanical issues that caused the ship to breakdown often which lengthened the journey by three weeks.
Just like my first book, ‘Tales of Cyprus: A tribute to a bygone era’ I have spared no expense on the print quality of the Corsica book. It is sewn-stitched with a hard cover and a cloth spine and weighs close to 1.5 kilos. There are 300 pages with over 400 vintage photos that have been carefully reproduced at the highest quality possible. For me, this book is a keepsake and a valuable resource for anyone who values cultural history.