The new Top Ten bestseller from Victoria Hislop, author of the multimillion copy reading group classic, The Island and The Sunrise, one of the ten biggest selling novels of 2015
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
Cartes Postales from Greece is an extraordinary new book from Victoria Hislop, the Sunday Times Number One bestselling author of The Island, The Return, The Thread, and The Sunrise. It is fiction with a distinctive photographic framework - magical and unique.
'Hislop's passionate love of the country breathes from every page' Daily Mail
Week after week, the postcards arrive, addressed to a name Ellie does not know, with no return address, each signed with an initial: A.
With their bright skies, blue seas and alluring images of Greece, these cartes postales brighten her life. After six months, to her disappointment, they cease. But the montage she has created on the wall of her flat has cast a spell. She must see this country for herself.
On the morning Ellie leaves for Athens, a notebook arrives. Its pages tell the story of a man's odyssey through Greece. Moving, surprising and sometimes dark, A's tale unfolds with the discovery not only of a culture but also of a desire to live life to the full once more.
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 took her to Spain, which inspired her second bestseller The Return, and she returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki in The Thread, shortlisted for a British Book Award and confirming her reputation as an inspirational storyteller. The Sunrise, a Sunday Times Number One bestseller about the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, was published to widespread acclaim in 2014.
When it comes to tales about Greece, Hislop is an undisputed queen - and this is easily her best novel yet — Heat on Cartes Postales from Greece
A lavish love letter to Greece — Sunday Mirror on Cartes Postales from Greece
Hislop's passionate love of the country breathes from every page — Daily Mail on Cartes Postales from Greece
This beautiful novel is illustrated with gorgeous photos to really bring the country to life — Fabulous, Sun on Sunday on Cartes Postales from Greece
A tender love story that will make you wish your own summer holiday wasn't a distant memory — Red online on Cartes Postales from Greece
A beautiful tale of love, struggle and redemption — Cathy Rentzenbrink, Prima on Cartes Postales from Greece
A discerning fly-on-the-wall view of the country, a heady mix of poetic licence and gravitas. . . Greece works its magic in Hislop's latest ode to the country — The Lady on Cartes Postales from Greece
A tantalising glimpse of a country far removed from the usual tourist resorts and beaches — Mail on Sunday on Cartes Postales from Greece
Peopled with memorable characters, this is a powerful, moving and beautifully told novel of loyalty and love, hope and fear — Choice magazine on The Thread
This is storytelling at its best and just like a tapestry, when each thread is sewn into place, so emerge the layers and history of relationships past and present — Sunday Express on The Thread
A vivid, moving and absorbing tale — Observer on The Island
A beautiful tale of enduring love and unthinking prejudice — Express on The Island
Hislop carefully evokes the lives of Cretans between the wars and during German occupation, but most commendable is her compassionate portrayal of the outcasts — Guardian on The Island
Passionately engaged with its subject...meticulously researched — The Sunday Times on The Island
Victoria Hislop writes so vividly about the Med, you can almost feel the scorching heat. An absorbing tale about family, friendship, loyalty and betrayal, set during a violent period in the history of Cyprus — Good Housekeeping on The Sunrise
Impressively imagined . . . make[s] you want to jump on a plane to Athens — The Sunday Times on Cartes Postales from Greece
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 on The Sunrise
Hislop hasn't of course been into Famagusta - no one may, even now - but has stood near the barbed wire and imagined what life was like there, then and now, with her usual gift for presenting bits of history most of us are unfamiliar with from a fictional point of view — Independent on Sunday on The Sunrise
Vibrant... Hislop brings history to life in this compelling tale — Tatler on The Sunrise
Fascinating and moving... Hislop writes unforgettably about Cyprus and its people — The Times on The Sunrise
Intelligent and immersive... Hislop's incisive narrative weaves a vast array of fact through a poignant, compelling family saga — The Sunday Times on The Sunrise
Hislop has woven colour photographs of the stunning Greek landscape into her narrative. I enjoyed being transported to Greece on Hislop's wings of words and vivid descriptions — Express on Cartes Postales from Greece
Victoria Hislop's love affair with Greece continues, bringing the country triumphantly to life . . . [her] imaginative and compelling stories paint a remarkable portrait of Greece and its history — Sunday Express S Magazine on Cartes Postales from Greece
A sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious saga that wrestles with the turbulence of the period Hislop covers — The Sunday Times on The Thread
With sumptuous photographer - this is a lavish love letter to Greece — Sunday Mirror on Cartes Postales from Greece