Tuesday, 20 January 2015

London book launch for new biography on Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktaş

Yvonne Çerkez will be signing copies of her book at the Regency. Photo: New Cyprus Magazine

A new biography about former TRNC President Rauf Raif Denktaş is being launched at a special event in North London. Author Yvonne Çerkez will be on hand to sign copies of her book Rauf Denktaş: A Private Portrait, which was released last September.

The launch event takes place this Thursday at the Regency Banqueting Suite in North London and is open to the public. Immediately after the book signing, the venue will also host a mevlit (prayer service) for the late President, who passed away on 13 January 2012. Light refreshments will be served after the mevlit.

Çerkez’s authorised biography gives a unique insight into the life and work of the long-serving Turkish Cypriot leader. In the book’s preface, Lord Ken Maginnis of Drumglass says:
“Rauf Denktaş, founder of the independent Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, spent some sixty years representing and fighting for the interests of his people in what the world would come to shorthand as 'the Cyprus Problem'. It earned him an international reputation as both a statesman and, for those he thwarted, an intransigent opponent.

The politics of his long life have been well documented, albeit not always truthfully by those who cast him as the villain of a divided Cyprus, but perhaps inevitably the public man has both overshadowed and obscured the private man – the Rauf Denktaş whose personal life was equally troubled and challenging.

This biography, which Rauf Denktaş both authorised and actively supported, is therefore a portrait of the real man behind that public image - humorous, emotional, patriotic in the best sense, and unwavering in his determination that his people were not to be denied their dignity and rights. It is Denktaş as he himself would want you to remember him.”

Dates: Thursday 22 January 2015
Address:  Regency Banqueting Suite, 113 Bruce Grove, Tottenham, London N17 6UR
Start time:  7.30-9.30pm
Entry: FREE
Book price: £9.99
Info and bookings: For enquiries linked to the Mevlit please call Arife Ridvan on 07713160684 and in relation to Rauf Denktaş: A Private Portrait book sales/enquiries Fevzi Hussein on 07871 606376. 


We Remember...Rauf Raif Denktaş, died January 13th, 2012, 13 Jan. 2014

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