Inspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony, Victoria Hislop wrote The Island in 2005. It became an international bestseller and a 26 part Greek TV series. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards and is now an ambassador for Lepra. Her affection for the Mediterranean then took her to Spain, and in The Return she wrote about the painful secrets of its civil war. In her third novel, The Thread, Victoria returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki and its people across the 20th century. Published to widespread acclaim, it was shortlisted for a British Book Award, and was followed by her much-admired Greece-set short story collection, The Last Dance and Other Stories.
One of the best things about this novel is the way Hislop depicts the growing teamwork, love, respect, and trust which two families of opposite persuasions manage to establish * Independent on Sunday * Adroitly plotted and deftly characterised, Hislop's gripping novel tells the stories of ordinary Greek and Turkish families trying to preserve their humanity in a maelstrom of deception, betrayal and ethnic hatred * Mail on Sunday * 'Some beautiful writing about a difficult period in time makes for a great read' * Sun * Intelligent and immersive... Hislop's incisive narrative weaves a vast array of fact through a poignant, compelling family saga * The Sunday Times * An absorbing tale about family, friendship, loyalty and betrayal, set during a violent period in the history of Cyprus * Good Housekeeping * Fascinating and moving... Hislop writes unforgettably about Cyprus and its people * The Times * Hislop's writing effectively weaves the personal into the political without ever becoming overbearing. An informative but equally emotional read * Woman * Fascinating * Sunday Mirror * An imaginative tour de force, and a great read * Daily Mail * Heartbreaking... A fascinating insight into a part of Mediterranean history that isn't often explored * Essentials * Hislop brings her consummate storytelling skills to this enthralling tale of love, marriage and a community all put to the test * Woman & Home * 'Vibrant... Hislop brings history to life in this compelling tale' * Tatler *