Sandstone Press

Eve Makis awarded the Aurora Mardiganian Gold Medal

Sandstone Press is proud to announce that Eve Makis has been awarded the ‘Aurora Mardiganian Gold Medal’ for The Spice Box Letters.

The medal has been awarded to Eve in recognition of a novel that raises global awareness of the Armenian Genocide, the story told through a granddaughter’s exploration of her family history. The award will be presented by the director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, Hayk Demoyan, in August.

Robert Davidson, Director of Sandstone Press said:

“Eve Makis’ novel is highly timeous in that it looks back, with an unflinching eye, to the terrible events of the Armenian genocide of 1915, widely regarded as the first of the 20th century, and its aftermath. As this is the Centenary Year of the tragedy, the novel is especially fitting.”


About the book

Katerina inherits a wooden spice box after her grandmother Mariam dies. It contains letters and a diary, written in Armenian. As she pieces together her family story, Katerina learns that Mariam’s childhood was shattered by the tragedy of 1915.

About the author

Eve Makis studied at Leicester University and worked as a journalist and radio presenter in the UK and Cyprus before becoming a novelist. The Spice Box Letters, Eve’s fourth novel, was recently longlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and is being translated into several languages. Her first book Eat, Drink and be Married was awarded the Young Booksellers International Book of the Year Award and a screen adaptation of her third book, Land of the Golden Apple, is being released in 2016. Eve is a part time tutor in creative writing at Nottingham University.