A beautiful 10th anniversary paperback edition of the acclaimed million-copy number one bestseller, 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
'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' - The Times
'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' - Observer
'Passionately engaged with its subject...the author has meticulously researched her fascinating background and medical facts' The Sunday Times - The Sunday Times
'Gently gripping tale' - Scotsman on Sunday
'A page-turning tale that reminds us that love and life continue in even the most extraordinary of circumstances' Sunday Express - Sunday Express
'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' - Evening Standard
'Passionately engaged with its subject...the author has meticulously researched her fascinating background and medical facts' - The Sunday Times
'Wonderful descriptions, strong characters and an intimate portrait of island existence' Woman & Home - Woman & Home