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  • Epic debut

    Spanning decades, Lucky’s is an evocative family saga grounded in post war Sydney. A true literary work interwoven with love, tragedy and humanity. Andrew Pippos has created a heartwarming ode to migrant Australia, and to the people who helped to shape our national identity. The story centres around Vasilis ‘Lucky’ Mellios, a Greek-American Air Force mess steward, stationed in Sydney during WW2. At the core of this novel is love and connection, and Lucky falls for Valia Asproyerakas the daughter of cafe owner, Achilles. So begins the story of Lucky’s Cafe franchise, its rise and fall, and the enduring love that Lucky has for both Valia and his Greek-Australian cafes. Pippos writes with hypnotic charm, his characters are brought to life with care and I was invested in awaiting a happy ending for each of them. The Greek-Australian cafe, with its gleaming chequerboard floors, jukebox and soda fountain form the backdrop and a very vivid touchstone to Australia’s post war era, when the influence of enterprising migrant families began to leave their enduring mark on the culture of modern Australia. Lucky and his story will stay with me for a long time, I look forward with anticipation to whatever Andrew Pippos has in store for us next.

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  • A stunning debut

    A magical story of family, luck and love - couldn't put it down.

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  • Inviting like an old friend

    It is unusual to read a book about Greeks. Being written by a Greek gives it s feeling of authenticity which is welcome. The migrant experience is not always straight and successful. The twists and turns of the story do not appear faked or contrived. A very human story with surprising compassion

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  • Only OK

    It took a while for me to become engaged in this story, although after a while I did care what happened. I found the jumps back and forward in time somewhat confusing and the plot somewhat contrived. Nevertheless, I did end up liking this book.

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