The British author Paul Alkazraji has made a new life in southern Albania, close to the Greek border, after visiting the country in the late 1990s for work and meeting his Albanian wife Albana there.
Paul, who runs a magazine for churches in Albania, set about writing his latest thriller, The Silencer.
The story is about a man’s attempt to publish a book set against a background of Turkey’s inner conflicts, murders and other setbacks.
About Albania and Albanians
“I do like living in Albania. The climate is great for starters and they are such warm, hospitable people.
“Albanians are very committed to the family and all look after each other.
“But it took a lot of adjustment with the language.
“The country has its problems too. There’s corruption and a lack of employment there. The people manage in very difficult circumstances.”
“I went to Albania as a reporter just before the Kosovo crisis,” said Paul.
“You never can tell how a single trip can change the course of your life.”
The couple have a five-year-old son, Haniel, and have made Albania their home since 2003.