The much-anticipated follow-up to the multi-million-copy bestseller The Island, from bestselling author Victoria Hislop
'Victoria Hislop's view of history in her novels is, like the writer herself, a compassionate and generous one' Scotsman
Beloved author Victoria Hislop returns to Crete in this long-anticipated sequel to her multi-million-copy Number One bestseller, The Island.
25th August 1957. The island of Spinalonga closes its leper colony. And a moment of violence has devastating consequences.
When time stops dead for Maria Petrakis and her sister, Anna, two families splinter apart and, for the people of Plaka, the closure of Spinalonga is forever coloured with tragedy.
In the aftermath, the question of how to resume life looms large. Stigma and scandal need to be confronted and somehow, for those impacted, a future built from the ruins of the past.
Number one bestselling author Victoria Hislop returns to the world and characters she created in The Island - the award-winning novel that remains one of the biggest selling reading group novels of the century. It is finally time to be reunited with Anna, Maria, Manolis and Andreas in the weeks leading up to the evacuation of the island... and beyond.
Discover for yourself why ten million readers worldwide love the novels of Victoria Hislop...
'Anyone who reads Victoria Hislop's novels falls in love with Greece - and not just the beaches and ancient sites but with the people and their recent history'
'Nobody writes about Greece quite like Victoria Hislop'
'Brilliantly researched historical fiction'
'Brings Greek history to compelling life'
'When it comes to tales about Greece, Hislop is an undisputed queen'
Wonderful descriptions, strong characters and an intimate portrait of island existence - Woman & Home on The Island
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 on The Island
Like a literary Nigella, [Victoria Hislop] whips up a cracking historical romance with a dash of family secrets and a splash of female self-discovery - Time Out on The Return
Fast-paced narrative and utterly convincing sense of place - Guardian on The Thread
Hislop brings history to life in this compelling tale - Tatler on The Sunrise
A beautiful tale of love, struggle and redemption - Prima on Cartes Postales from Greece
An eye-opening and moving read - The Mirror on Those Who Are Loved