Author Unfolds More Than 200 Years of Modern Greek History in New Book

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Andreas Kappa examines Europe’s most tragic events through the eyes of a family of hatmakers

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An Australia-based writer has released his debut book, which follows the story of the Kapelis clan – an ordinary family of Greek hatmakers – and their extraordinary perspective on European history spanning from the late 1700s to the year 2000.

In “Kapelis ‘The Hatmaker,’” author Andreas Kappa adapts the almost 100-year life of descendent Andreas Kapelis, who weathered some of European history’s most devastating and transformative events. Covering the entirety of the 20th century, Kappa’s book invites readers on an unflinching journey of perseverance through national tragedy, political corruption and social injustice in a tale that lovingly marries goodness with humanity and extrapolates on the evils of the time.

“The inspiration for this story originally stemmed from many thought-provoking conversations I had with my grandfather on my first visit to Greece as a young man,” Kappa said. “I held on to my notes and memories of that conversation for more than 20 years, and even after my grandfather passed away, his voice and stories stayed with me, eventually forming the adaptation of the story portrayed in the book.”

“The turmoil and upheaval throughout Greece’s history make for an exhilarating and poignant setting for this stunning tale to unfold,” a reviewer for the U.S. Review of Books wrote about “Kapelis ‘the Hatmaker’”. “Kappa’s chronology is sure to dazzle his readers for generations to come.”

Through his book, Kappa presents a grounded examination of historic events such as the Greek Civil War, World Wars I and II and Greece’s bankruptcy and offers humanistic commentary on modern issues faced by Greece and its people in European history. Also offering a rare, first-person perspective on Greece’s protection of Greek Jews during the Holocaust, “Kapelis ‘the Hatmaker’” puts forth the moving message that even simple people can overcome darkness through the light of courage and bravery.

“Kapelis ‘the Hatmaker’”
By Andreas Kappa
ISBN: 978-1-5434-0116-5 (hardback); 978-1-5434-0115-8 (paperback); 978-1-5434-0114-1 (electronic)
Available at the Xlibris Online Bookstore, Barnes & Noble and Amazon

About the author
Andreas Kappa is passionate about storytelling and modern European history. Kappa currently resides in Sydney. To learn more, please visit


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