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03 March, 2024
 
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Meet ''Man of the Year Alex Michaelides''

Alex Michaelides and his literary empire

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The renowned Greek Cypriot author, Alex Michaelides, was honored with the Man of the Year and International Cypriot awards at the 22nd Bank of Cyprus Man of the Year Awards 2023 ceremony on December 7.

Expressing his gratitude, Michaelides highlighted the significance of receiving the award in his hometown, Nicosia. The president of the republic, Nikos Christodoulides, acclaimed Michaelides as the "man of the year 2023," emphasizing the global recognition of his work in literature.

Born in 1977 in Nicosia, Michaelides, known for his bestselling novel "The Silent Patient," continues to captivate readers worldwide with his literary prowess.

Alex Michaelides, born to a Greek Cypriot father and British mother, possesses an MA in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an MA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute.

His debut novel, "The Silent Patient," achieved remarkable success, topping the New York Times bestseller list for over 100 weeks and garnering sales of 6.5 million copies in 50 countries.

The novel has not only received critical acclaim but has also been chosen by Brad Pitt's company for a big-screen adaptation.

Following the triumph of "The Silent Patient," Michaelides released his second novel, "The Daughters," in June 2021, which also achieved bestseller status.

In June 2021, his second bestselling novel, "The Maidens," climbed the prestigious New York Times list. Known for weaving ancient Greek tragedy, mythology, psychology, and murder into his narratives, Michaelides has garnered praise from fellow authors, with Chris Whitaker describing "The Maidens" as "crafted to perfection" and answering the challenge of surpassing his earlier work.

The anticipation builds for Michaelides' upcoming release, "The Fury," scheduled for January 2024. Notably, the author ventured into screenwriting, contributing to films such as "The Devil You Know" (2013) and co-writing "The Con Is On" (2018).

However, he shifted his focus to novels after a revelatory encounter at a party, where someone remarked on his unexpected depth after watching one of his films.

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