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The Island

The Island

The Island is the million-copy No.1 bestseller and winner of Richard & Judy’s Summer Read 2006 from Victoria Hislop. From the thirties to the present day, it is a tale of four generations rent by war, illicit love, violence and leprosy.

***A beautiful 10th anniversary paperback edition that includes a new essay by Victoria Hislop on the impact of this million-copy bestseller.***

This was not the start of a short trip to deliver supplies. It was the beginning of a one-way journey to start a new life. Life on a leper colony. Life on Spinalonga.

Fifty years later, making a life-changing journey of her own, Alexis Fielding feels the pull of the abandoned island. A distant shadow off the coast of Crete, she knows it holds the secrets to her mother’s past, buried for so long but surely not forgotten . . .

Acclaim for The Island:

‘Passionately engaged with its subject . . . meticulously researched’ The Sunday Times

‘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

‘Vivid, moving and absorbing’ Observer
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 16th June 2016

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780755309511

Reviews

'The story of life on Spinalonga, the lepers' island, is gripping and carries real emotional impact. Victoria Hislop...brings dignity and tenderness to her novel about lives blighted by leprosy' Telegraph
Telegraph
'A beautiful tale of enduring love and unthinking prejudice'
<i>Express
At last - a beach book with a heart... Meticulous research into Cretan culture...packed with family sagas, doomed love affairs, devastating secrets... She also forces us to reflect on illness, both the nasty, narrow-mindedness of the healthy and the spirit of survival in the so-called "unclean". Her message seems as relevant today as it would have been a century ago
Observer
'Adding depth and colour to the story is the description of Cretan life... in particular, the vividly detailed account of life on Spinalonga... It is one of the achievements of this thoughtful novel that it presents the lives of the island's inhabitants with such empathy. The result is a fascinating work that combines a moving love story witha plea for more understanding about this most cruel of diseases'
<i>The Times</i>
A moving and atmospheric tale
The Scotsman
'War, tragedy and passion unfurl against a Mediterranean backdrop in this engrossing debut novel' You magazine
You magazine
'A promising debut' Grazia magazine
Grazia
'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'
<i>Evening Standard</i>
Hislop's deep research, imagination and patent love of Crete creates a convincing portrait of times on the island. She writes evocatively of the minutiae of traditional life... She...manages to milk the dramatic potential of each unexpected twist and broken engagement, of the ruined and resurrected lives of her characters... A moving and absorbing holiday read that pulls at the heart strings
Evening Standard
'Brings dignity and tenderness to her novel'
<i>Telegraph</i>
'Wonderful descriptions, strong characters and an intimate portrait of island existence'
<i>Woman & Home</i>
'A must-have on every intelligent holiday-maker's beach towel'
<i>Books Quarterly</i>
'A page-turning tale...reminds us that love and life continue in even the most extraordinary of circumstances'
<i>Sunday Express</i>
'Gently gripping tale'
<i>Scotsman on Sunday</i>
'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'
<i>Observer</i>
'A page-turning tale that reminds us that love and life continue in even the most extraordinary of circumstances' Sunday Express
Sunday Express
'Passionately engaged with its subject...the author has meticulously researched her fascinating background and medical facts'
<i>The Sunday Times</i>
'A heartrending tale of love, loss and passion'
<i> Good Book Guide