During World War II a young girl must discover who she really is before she goes on to help liberate Greece from the Nazis.
"It gave Olympia added comfort to know that the Antonious´ library had been compiled by her mother, who during her many visits abroad, came across fine volumes of literature. Olympia, fascinated by this collection, found no greater joy in those days than to sit by the Italian style fountain in the middle of the courtyard reading Tolstoy or Thackeray or the Bronte sisters, or any of a dozen other authors, in either English or Greek, familiarizing herself with the ways of literary heroines such as Amelia Sedley and Anna Karenina, exactly as her mother had done; in the process she educated herself, discovering notions and concepts otherwise hidden from her. These books gave her an insight into a type of woman she hadn’t known existed."
Extract from Olympia's Dream
"You could say the seventies were a watershed. We could have stayed on the peace-and-love train of the sixties, but chose to make unlimited riches and permanent war our destination. Then again, with men like Vasili around, peace and love were always going to be a long shot."
Extract from The Songs We Sang At Trollopes