'Passionately engaged with its subject...the author has meticulously researched her fascinating background and medical facts'
'Wonderful descriptions, strong characters and an intimate portrait of island existence'
'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'
'Gently gripping tale'
'A page-turning tale...reminds us that love and life continue in even the most extraordinary of circumstances'
'Brings dignity and tenderness to her novel'
'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'
'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'