...might possibly be in a position to forward
a request for an interview through indirect contacts.
But she was to be disappointed. The general, according
to his policy, refused to give interviews on security
grounds. The meeting with the attractive young Dr. Lyssarides
was a turning point in both their lives, however. She
had met him in her office through a mutual friend, Chrysanthos
Savvides and for the next 7 years Barbara was to be
the doctor's constant companion. In spite of language
barriers, the doctor's family welcomed her warmly and
she felt at home in Cyprus surrounded by people who
loved her and whom she respected and loved in turn.
Journalism was not Barbara's
only passion. Later, she was to travel extensively and
is the author of two books; the first is about the guerrilla
war against Portugal in the African colonies called
The Bush Rebels and the second is My Old Acquaintance,
a book about the history and archaeology of Cyprus based
on extensive research and the accounts of travellers,
academics and archaeologists in the past.
They were married in 1963 in St. John's Cathedral in
old Nicosia and Archbishop Makarios officiated at the
Barbara Cornwall Lyssarides is
a lady. Her ready wit, old-fashioned courtesy and sensitivity
draw one to her like a magnet. She is a wonderful, supportive
and loving wife to a great man.