'Passionately engaged with its subject...the author has meticulously researched her fascinating background and medical facts'
'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'
'A page-turning tale...reminds us that love and life continue in even the most extraordinary of circumstances'
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'
PRAISE FOR THE RETURN: 'THE RETURN may be a beach book, but it goes inland and rummages around in the cellars'
'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'
'Fast-paced narrative and utterly convincing sense of place'
'Fresh, tenacious and rather intrepid'
PRAISE FOR THE THREAD: 'Sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious'
'Like a literary Nigella, she whips up a cracking historical romance with a dash of family secrets and a splash of female self-discovery'
'Aims to open the eyes, and tug the heartstrings, of readers... Hislop deserves a medal for opening a breach into the holiday beach bag'
'Meticulously researched historical narrative and imaginative storytelling'