The Island

By  Victoria Hislop

About the Book 

On the brink of a life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother’s past. But Sofia has never spoken of it. All she admits to is growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however, Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend, and promises that through her she will learn more.

Arriving in Plaka, Alexis is astonished to see that it lies a stone’s throw from the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga - Greece’s former leper colony. Then she finds Fotini, and at last hears the story that Sofia has buried all her life: the tale of her great-grandmother Eleni and her daughters and a family rent by tragedy, war and passion. She discovers how intimately she is connected with the island, and how secrecy holds them all in its powerful grip... 

What Victoria Hislop thinks about World Book Night

"World Book Night is a visionary idea and I am totally thrilled that The Island has been included as one of the titles this year.  By definition, stories are created to be shared and to be part of this massive incentive to spread the pleasure of books and reading is an enormous privilege for a writer."

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“A beautiful, searing, sweeping, intense, incredible novel about life, passion and family secrets, what we’ll do to uncover them and how our history still has the power to change our future. A book to get utterly lost in the magic of.”

More by Victoria Hislop

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Author biography

Victoria Hislop read English at Oxford, and worked in publishing, PR and as a journalist before becoming a novelist. She is married with two children. Her first novel, The Island, held the Number One slot in the Sunday Times paperback chart for eight consecutive weeks and has sold over two million copies worldwide. Victoria acted as script consultant on a 26-part TV adaptation in Greece, which achieved record ratings for Greek television. Victoria was Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007, and her second novel, The Return, was also a Number One bestseller. Her third novel, The Thread, was a hardback and paperback bestseller, and was also widely acclaimed. Victoria’s books have been translated into more than 25 languages.

 

On World Book Night

It's a great honour to have The White Queen selected for World Book Night. I am especially pleased that this novel will be read by so many extra thousands of readers as it is the story of a Queen of England who lived her life with great courage and grace and yet has been neglected by history. I love bringing the lives of ordinary women from long ago to the attention of readers today and it is a delight to think that this book will be part of such an imaginative venture.

Philippa Gregory

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