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Summary

Beloved author Victoria Hislop returns to Crete in this long-anticipated sequel to her multi-million-copy number one best seller 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 best-selling 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 10 million people worldwide love the novels of Victoria Hislop.

©2020 Victoria Hislop (P)2020 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic reviews

"Brings Greek history to compelling life." (Sunday Times

"When it comes to tales about Greece, Hislop is an undisputed queen." (Heat

"Brilliantly researched historical fiction." (Observer

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One August Night

I love Victoria Hislop book , So was excited to read , really disappointed , The story was slow and very obvious. Shame

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A bit bland

Having previously enjoyed both Victoria Hislop’s writing and Emilia Fox’s narration, I found this audiobook dull. It’s a story that just stays on one level, with no peaks, troughs, moments of excitement or sadness. Maybe best saved for an insomniac’s bedtime read. You’ll be asleep in no time!

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fabulous storytelling as always

I had been waiting for the new book from this author as I have read or listened to all the previous ones. overall I enjoyed it and the narrator was up to the usual high standard. great storytelling as always from Victoria Hislop. if I have a negative comment it is only that it was much shorter than usual but didn't affect my enjoyment

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A powerful and sensitive story beautifully narrated by Emilia Fox

Well done yet again Victoria Hislop for your skilful portrayal of Greek characters living relatively ordinary lives in the second part of the 20th Century. I lived and loved every second of this book, thanks also to Emilia Fox’s gentle narration, bringing the characters to life without over acting or the need for bad foreign accents that can so often spoil the listener’s experience.

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Great greek escape

A light but reflective story following the original well. Takes you away from a grey autumn in UK to sunnier scenes

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Disappointing follow up to The Island

Beautifully read by Emilia Fox but a slow moving dull sequel to the Island. It felt like the author’s heart was not in this novel.

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Lazy writing

Utterly disappointed with this book, I loved The Island but this is a rehash of the story with little added. It got better towards the end despite a flat reading voice, then stopped abruptly leaving the listener wondering if there had been a mistake. VH can write superb stories but it feels as if she simply got fed up and stopped. I wouldn't recommend it i'm afraid.

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second best

the sequel to the Island which was a far richer book in every way. somewhat predictable but a well written story.

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Least favourite book

I have followed Victoria for years but this book was my least favourite. It lacked depth and detail. Sadly if felt like cashing in on past success.

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Enjoyable listen but not quite as good as The Island and it ended quite abruptly