4th November 2020
Date:4/11/2020 7.30pm start
Virtual event with Victoria Hislop and her NEW book.
The first 50 to register will get a signed copy.
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.
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.
2020 marks 15 years since the first publication of The Island. After spending 25 weeks in the Sunday Times Top Ten – with eight of those at Number One – it went on to become the 14th biggest selling adult novel of the Noughties and has now sold over 5 million copies worldwide as well as being made into a hugely successful 26-part Greek TV series.
Victoria Hislop said, ‘Travelling back in my imagination to revisit Spinalonga, a place where people lived in isolation with an incurable disease, seemed a very natural thing to do during lockdown – not least because the cure for the disease was found! But what has really kept my mind focussed during these past months has been to re-imagine some of the characters in that period after the closure of the leper colony. These are the characters who are profoundly affected by the events that unfold as The Island draws to its conclusion and, for all of them, it brings the need for renewal, catharsis and the beginning of very different lives.’
Inspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony, Victoria Hislop wrote The Island in 2005. It became an international bestseller and a 26-part Greek TV series. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards and is now an ambassador for Lepra. Her affection for the Mediterranean then took her to Spain, and in the number one bestseller The Return she wrote about the painful secrets of its civil war. In The Thread, Victoria returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki and its people across the twentieth century. Shortlisted for a British Book Award, it confirmed her reputation as an inspirational storyteller.
Her fourth novel, The Sunrise, about the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and the enduring ghost town of Famagusta, was a Sunday Times number one bestseller. Cartes Postales from Greece, fiction illustrated with photographs, was a Sunday Times bestseller in hardback and one of the biggest selling books of 2016. Victoria’s most recent novel, the poignant and powerful Those Who Are Loved, was a Sunday Times number one hardback bestseller in 2019 and explores a tempestuous period of modern Greek history through the eyes of a complex and compelling heroine. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Victoria divides her time between England and Greece. In 2020, Victoria was granted Honorary Greek Citizenship by the President of Greece.Venue:
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