The relationship between Britain and Cyprus over the course of the past 100 years has been a constantly evolving one. Since the First World War, Cyprus has played a key role in British defence strategy, and, after the withdrawal from Egypt, the island became the British Middle East headquarters. Today, Britain retains two sovereign bases in Cyprus and the island has become a popular holiday destination for many British tourists. Using previously unpublished letters and personal interviews, The British and Cyprus is told through the words of the people who served the British Crown on Cyprus - civil and military - and includes fascinating accounts of the dramatic fight against EOKA in the 1950s, who pressed for an end to British rule on the island.
Mark Simmonsgained the Green Beret and passed the Commando course to serve in the Royal Marines. He has written some 125 feature articles mainly on naval/military and travel subjects. He is a correspondent for Warships International Fleet Review magazine, and he runs an internet bookshop Rowan Oak Books. He is the author of The Battle of Matapan 1941, The Rebecca Code and Agent Cicero.