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The Return

The Return

‘Aims to open the eyes and tug the heartstrings’ Independent

An atmospheric, vibrant and moving tale of pain and passion at the heart of war-torn Spain from Victoria Hislop, the million-copy bestselling author of The Island.


Beneath the majestic towers of the Alhambra, Granada’s cobbled streets resonate with music and secrets. Sonia Cameron knows nothing of the city’s shocking past; she is here to dance. But in a quiet café, a chance conversation and an intriguing collection of old photographs draw her into the extraordinary tale of Spain’s devastating civil war.

Seventy years earlier, the café is home to the close-knit Ramírez family. In 1936, an army coup led by Franco shatters the country’s fragile peace, and in the heart of Granada the family witnesses the worst atrocities of conflict. Divided by politics and tragedy, everyone must take a side, fighting a personal battle as Spain rips itself apart.

Praise for The Return. . .

‘Hislop deserves a medal for opening a breach into the holiday beach bag’
Independent

‘Captivating and deeply moving’
Look

‘Hislop marries an epic family saga with meticulous historical research, and it’s a captivating partnership’
Easy Living

‘Executed with verve and sensitivity’
Sunday Telegraph
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

On Sale: 16th April 2009

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780755332953

Reviews

'A well-researched and meaty follow-up to The Island'
<i>The Times</i>
'THE RETURN may be a beach book, but it goes inland and rummages around in the cellars'
<i>The Times</i>
'Aims to open the eyes, and tug the heartstrings, of readers... Hislop deserves a medal for opening a breach into the holiday beach bag'
<i>Independent</i>
'Like a literary Nigella, she whips up a cracking historical romance with a dash of family secrets and a splash of female self-discovery'
<i>Time Out</i>
'Meticulously researched historical narrative and imaginative storytelling'
<i>Telegraph</i>
'Powerful stuff'
<i>Daily Mail</i>
'Excellent'
<i>Sunday Telegraph</i>