PRAISE FOR THE ISLAND: 'This is a vivid, moving and absorbing tale, with its sensitive, realistic engagement with all the consequences of, and stigma attached to leprosy, elevating it beyond holiday literature'
'Hislop's deep research, imagination and patent love of Crete creates a convincing portrait of times on the island... A moving and absorbing holiday read'
'Passionately engaged with its subject...the author has meticulously researched her fascinating background and medical facts'
'A page-turning tale...reminds us that love and life continue in even the most extraordinary of circumstances'
PRAISE FOR THE RETURN: 'THE RETURN may be a beach book, but it goes inland and rummages around in the cellars'
'Aims to open the eyes, and tug the heartstrings, of readers... Hislop deserves a medal for opening a breach into the holiday beach bag'
'Like a literary Nigella, she whips up a cracking historical romance with a dash of family secrets and a splash of female self-discovery'
'Meticulously researched historical narrative and imaginative storytelling'
PRAISE FOR THE THREAD: 'Sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious'
'Fast-paced narrative and utterly convincing sense of place'
'Fresh, tenacious and rather intrepid'
'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'