Written Word
A Good Year

COMING 1st APRIL, 2022

Rural Cyprus, 1925. Despo is recently married, heavily pregnant and deeply afraid. The twelve days of Christmas are beginning – the time when, according to local folklore, creatures known as kalikantzari come up from Hell to wreak havoc. Meanwhile, her husband Loukas has troubles of his own. Struggling with dreams and desires he doesn’t understand, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to an Englishman, a newcomer to the island.

In a village wreathed in superstition, Despo and Loukas must protect themselves and their unborn child from ominous forces at play.

A GOOD YEAR is my first novella, and part of the beautiful Fairlight Moderns range.

Published by Fairlight Books.

ISBN: 9781914148057

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The cover for 'A Good Year' - the illustration of a creatures hairy hand with large nails against a yellow splodge to denote the sun. Around the creature's index finger is wound a thin grapevine, curling in a circle, its leaaves withering along it. The illustration is against a cream background, within a teal frame. The Fairlight Moderns logo (a lighthouse) is at the top, the title and author name at the bottom

"With beautifully paced, rich prose, Loizou conjures the heady sights, sounds and smells of Cyprus, while exposing the horror that resides in her superstitions and traditions."

– Lucie McKnight Hardy

author of Water Shall Refuse Them

"A story of illicit passion wrapped in a Cypriot folk tale, A Good Year is spellbinding from start to finish, and confirms Polis Loizou as one of our boldest young writers. Evocative and resonant beyond its final page."

 – Dan Coxon

author of Only The Broken Remain and editor of This Dreaming Isle

"Intense and harrowing ... a beautifully crafted meditation on the light and shade of the human psyche, twisted out of shape by isolation, religious dogma and tradition. The power of Loizou’s ornate storytelling in this third book should not be underestimated; he’s only just getting started."

– Justin David

author of The Pharmacist

The Way It Breaks

Orestis is a young man who refuses to accept his lot in life. He wants a better job, a toned body, his own place, a brighter future. On a night out, he bumps into an old school friend who lands him an interview at her father's 5-star hotel. Orestis feels he is finally on the path to success. That is, until he becomes acquainted with a high-end gigolo who draws him onto a different path - one that takes him to a wealthy Belarusian trophy wife named Darya. Before long, Orestis' destiny drifts even further out of his control.

Set in Cyprus, THE WAY IT BREAKS is a modern tale about fate and free will; love and boundaries; and the value of a human being.

Published by  Cloud Lodge Books.

ISBN: 9781838045128


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Audiobook available on Audible.

The Way It Breaks - book jacket (image by Anastasia Loizou)
Disbanded Kingdom
Polari First Book Prize

Twenty-two-year-old Oscar is a lost cause. He roams central London, looking for love and distraction. But this isn’t quite 'Bright Lights, Big City': Oscar is gay but feels disconnected from London’s gay scene. He is naive and rootless, an emotionally stunted young man who lives in upscale Kensington with his foster mother, novelist Charlotte Fontaine.

But all of this changes when he meets Tim, Charlotte’s thirty-something literary agent with whom Oscar becomes hopelessly infatuated. While he struggles to understand Tim’s politics and his rejection of religion, Oscar’s developing friendship with Tim affects a profound change in the young man, making him want to understand the world and his place in it.


'Loizou’s supple prose excels at vivid London scene-scapes and sharp social commentary… A richly observed portrait of Britain’s young and feckless.'Kirkus Reviews


'An excellent London novel.'Literary Flits


'A sensitive and well-written study of the pain of not belonging.' - Breakaway Reviewers



Published by  Cloud Lodge Books.

ISBN: 9780995465794


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Audiobook available on Audible.

Disbanded Kingdom book jacket
Short Stories


- MAINSTREAM. Anthology edited by Justin David and Nathan Evans (Inkandescent). Available from all book retailers.

Take Hold

- Untitled: Voices, Vol. 2. Download for free here

His Hand

- Tales From The Shadow Booth, vol. 4. Purchase here

'Til God

- Litro #135: Somewhere Between the Borders. Read here.

Devil in Me

- Liars' League NYC, Hope & Pray. Download / read here.

- Shortlisted for HISSAC

The Selkie Wife

- Longlisted for the Fish Prize (as The Seal Wife)

Blue Glass Star

- Honorable Mention for Glimmer Train's Family Matters competition.

- Published in The Stockholm Review of Literature. Read here.

Inkandescent's MAINSTREAM anthology


- clavmag, Feb 2020 Issue / Bone. Read here.

The Crooked Side Street

I've started a travel blog, which begins with my Japanese honeymoon journeys (first published on Litro Online). Read at The Crooked Side Street.

The Crooked Side Street
Other Good Stuff

2020: Longlisted for Penguin's WriteNow programme.

2014: shortlisted for the IdeasTap Inspires – Writers’ Centre Norwich competition.

2008: won feedback from The Literary Consultancy as part of the Arts Council's Free Read Scheme.