Victoria Hislop - Author

About the Author

Victoria Hislop was our Guest Editor in November 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

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 the Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007, and her second novel, The Return, was also a Number One bestseller. The Thread spent nine weeks in the Sunday Times hardback chart, and was widely acclaimed. Her books have been translated into more than 25 languages. Victoria also writes short stories and her first collection, One Cretan Evening, is available as an ebook.

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Featured books by Victoria Hislop

One August Night

One August Night

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/07/2021

'A return to Hislop's thyme-scented, Aegean-lapped fictional Greece' The Sunday Times 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.

Those Who Are Loved

Those Who Are Loved

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/08/2020

An absolutely fascinating and beautifully intimate tale set in Greece, covering the Second World War, Greek Civil War and beyond, from 1930 through to 1999. Themis looks back on her life with two of her grandchildren, as she grows up in a family split with opposing political views. Her beliefs take her into the Communist army after the Second World War, where Greek fights fellow Greek. While this novel is set around a hugely complex event in history, Victoria Hislop opens it up with skill. By concentrating on one woman, we enter a family tale told with a matter-of-factly simplicity, so the impact of what comes, hits with huge power. This compelling novel, which brings a slice of history so vividly to life, is a stark warning of what could yet come in our future. It is also a reminder that we never truly know the life someone has lived, as what is presented on the outside, could be very different to what has been lived inside. Warm yet chilling and disturbing, uncomplicated yet involved and detailed, Those Who Are Loved is a tale full of emotional impact.

Books of the Month
The Sunrise

The Sunrise

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Having told the harrowing tale of the leper colony of Spinalonga in The Island and the history of Thessalonika in The Thread, Victoria Hislop returns to a Mediterranean island, Cyprus. Sunrise was the name of Famagusta's most luxurious hotel. It opened in 1972. We meet a bunch of people involved, from the owner to the beach boy attendant, Greek and Turkish Cypriots working harmoniously together. Then the war erupted in 1974 and we follow the plight of our characters still very central to the hotel. It is an extraordinary period and as with all conflict there are horrendous atrocities, there are survivors and there are those who profit from war. We mainly follow two families from opposing sides who come to love and rely upon each other in the deserted city. It's a powerful tale of families, hope, survival and courage. Fans of The Island will love it. ~ Sarah Broadhurst   Click here to view the Reading Guide for this book.

eBooks of the Month
The Story Love, Loss & The Lives of Women: 100 Great Short Stories

The Story Love, Loss & The Lives of Women: 100 Great Short Stories

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Witty, heartbreaking, shocking, satirical: the short story can excite or sadden, entice or repulse. The one thing it can never be is dull. Now Victoria Hislop, passionate ambassador for the art of the short story, has collected 100 stories from her favourite women writers into one volume. Here are Man Booker Prize winners and Nobel Laureates, well-known feminists and famous wits, national treasures and rising stars. All handpicked by one of the nation's best-loved novelists, there's a story for every mood, mind-set and moment in life. Featuring an all star cast of authors including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Angela Carter, Margaret Drabble, Penelope Fitzgerald, Miranda July, Doris Lessing, Katherine Mansfield, Alice Munro, Dorothy Parker and Virginia Woolf, The Story is the biggest and most beautiful collectino of women's short fictino in print today.

eBooks of the Month
The Thread

The Thread

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/05/2012

This is an enthralling novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Island and The Return. Victoria Hislop is brilliant at setting the scene so you, the reader, really believe you're right there amongst the characters in a place so vividly imagined.  It's a story both about war and politics and about love and loyalties which will sweep you along and keep you gripped to the page.   Click here to see The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop which is published in September 2014.   One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'Popular Fiction of the Year' 2012.

eBooks of the Month
The Return

The Return

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/04/2009

A tale of passion, pain and pride in war-torn Spain, written with a dual-time element.  Personally I found the subject-matter of her first, The Island, far more intriguing, probably because I knew little about it.   The Spanish Civil War has been much covered but Victoria Hislop’s research certainly comes through in this detailed drama. Comparison: Kate Morton, Danny Scheinmann, Santa Montefiore.

eBooks of the Month
The Island

The Island

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback (b Format) Release Date: 10/04/2006

A 2013 World Book Night selection. Winner of Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007.Something a bit different, a bit special. A well-researched family history which takes the present day characters back to Crete and the horrors of leprosy. From 1939 to today we follow a tragic and eventful story with believable characters and a believable storyline. I really enjoyed it. Incidentally she is Ian Hislop’s wife. Similar this month: Joseph Boyden, Rachel Hore.

eBooks of the Month
Cartes Postales from Greece

Cartes Postales from Greece

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Ebook Release Date: 27/10/2017

EHlli Tomas nedelya za nedelej poluchaet na svoj s"e;emnyj londonskij adres otkrytki bez imeni otpravitelya. Postavlen tol'ko inicial "e;A."e;, poluchatelya ona tozhe ne znaet. Na otkrytkah yasnoe nebo, biryuzovoe more - Greciya, kazhdyj vid yarche i privlekatel'nee drugogo. Prohodit vremya, otkrytki perestayut prihodit'. No ostroe oshchushchenie schast'ya, naveyannoe fantasticheskimi kartinami, - schast'ya i tajny odnovremenno - meshaet ej zhit' po-prezhnemu. I EHlli prinimaet reshenie - ona beret bilet do Afin... Novaya kniga Viktorii Hislop - ukrashennyj fotografiyami roman - navsegda zapechatlevaet v pamyati ehto skazochnoe puteshestvie za schast'em.

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Victoria Hislop

The Story

The Story

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/12/2021

A special reissue from Head of Zeus's bestselling anthology collection of the best 100 short stories written by women, selected by Victoria Hislop, one of the nation's favourite novelists. Witty, heartbreaking, shocking, satirical: the short story can excite or sadden, entice or repulse. The one thing it can never be is dull. Now Victoria Hislop has collected 100 stories from her favourite women writers into one volume. Here are Man Booker Prize-winners and Nobel Laureates, feminists and famous wits, national treasures and rising stars, all handpicked by one of the nation's best-loved novelists. Featuring an all-star cast of authors including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Angela Carter, Margaret Drabble, Penelope Fitzgerald, Miranda July, Doris Lessing, Katherine Mansfield, Alice Munro, Dorothy Parker and Virginia Woolf, The Story is the biggest and most beautiful collection of women's short fiction in print today.

One August Night

One August Night

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2021

'A return to Hislop's thyme-scented, Aegean-lapped fictional Greece' The Sunday Times 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... 'This dramatic, absorbing and good-natured novel abounds Greek Island atmosphere' Daily Mail on One August Night 'Immersive storytelling sweeps you along' Mail on Sunday on One August Night 'A dramatic story of love, betrayal and allegiances . . . Hislop evokes Greece beautifully' Woman & Home on One August Night 'Hislop's love for Greece shines through this wonderfully descriptive and compelling tale' Sunday Express on One August Night 'This love letter to Greece will sweep you away to another time and place' The Sunday Mirror on One August Night 'Hislop expertly delves into the complex history of a fascinating country in this beautifully written family saga' Daily Mirror on One August Night 'Compelling and moving, this is a real page turner' Woman's Weekly on One August Night 'The descriptions of Greece leave you feeling like you're right there' Good Housekeeping on One August Night 'A beautifully written story that will enchant the reader' The Express on One August Night 'A dramatic story of love, betrayal and allegiances' Woman magazine on One August Night

Maria's Island

Maria's Island

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/06/2021

A dramatic and moving story set in the same world as the international bestseller The Island from the celebrated novelist Victoria Hislop. The absorbing story of the Cretan village of Plaka and the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga - Greece's former leper colony - is told to us by Maria Petrakis, one of the children in the original version of The Island. She tells us of the ancient and misunderstood disease of leprosy, exploring the themes of stigma, shame and the treatment of those who are different, which are as relevant for children as adults. Gill Smith's rich, full-colour illustrations will transport the reader to the timeless and beautiful Greek landscape and Mediterranean seascape.

Those Who Are Loved

Those Who Are Loved

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/04/2020

'She brings Greek history to compelling life' The Sunday Times 'Hislop has done her research and handles the great sweep of complex Greek history with skill and confidence' Daily Mail Athens, 1941. Nazi forces occupy Greece ... and a nation falls apart. Victoria Hislop's NEW Sunday Times Number One bestseller takes you into the darker days of Greek history and, through the eyes of its extraordinary heroine, illuminates the courage it takes to live in peace. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between Right- and Left-wing views when the Germans invade. Fifteen-year-old Themis comes from a family divided by these political differences. The Nazi occupation deepens the fault-lines between those she loves just as it reduces Greece to destitution. She watches friends die in the ensuing famine and is moved to commit acts of resistance. In the civil war that follows the end of the occupation, Themis joins the Communist army, where she experiences the extremes of love and hatred and the paradoxes presented by a war in which Greek fights Greek. Eventually imprisoned on the infamous islands of exile, Makronisos and then Trikeri, Themis encounters another prisoner whose life will entwine with her own in ways neither can foresee. And finds she must weigh her principles against her desire to escape and live. As she looks back on her life, Themis realises how tightly the personal and political can become entangled. While some wounds heal, others deepen. This gripping new novel from bestselling author Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity and trauma of Greece's past and weaves it into the epic tale of an ordinary woman compelled to live an extraordinary life. Victoria Hislop. Discover for yourself why 10 million readers worldwide love her books... Here's what the critics said about Those Who Are Loved: 'A searing and powerful story full of passion, showing how one woman's ideals and beliefs shape everything that she becomes. It's both a beautifully woven love story and a spellbinding, heart-breaking depiction of a country torn apart by hatred' Daily Express 'A glorious Greek setting and rich historical detail form the backdrop of this captivating and poignant story' Woman & Home 'An eye-opening and moving read' Mirror 'Anyone who reads Victoria Hislop's novels falls in love with Greece ... A moving read that sweeps you through time' S Magazine 'A wonderfully researched and beautifully written piece of historical fiction' CultureFly

The Story

The Story

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Witty, heartbreaking, shocking, satirical: the short story can excite or sadden, entice or repulse. The one thing it can never be is dull. Now Victoria Hislop has collected 100 stories from her favourite women writers into one volume. Here are Man Booker Prize-winners and Nobel Laureates, feminists and famous wits, national treasures and rising stars, all handpicked by one of the nation's best-loved novelists. Featuring an all star cast of authors including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Angela Carter, Margaret Drabble, Penelope Fitzgerald, Miranda July, Doris Lessing, Katherine Mansfield, Alice Munro, Dorothy Parker and Virginia Woolf, The Story is the biggest and most beautiful collection of women's short fiction in print today.

Cartes Postales from Greece

Cartes Postales from Greece

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2017

THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Cartes Postales from Greece is an extraordinary new book from Victoria Hislop, the Sunday TimesNumber One bestselling author of The Island, The Return, The Thread, and The Sunrise. It is fiction in full colour - magical and unique. 'Hislop's passionate love of the country breathes from every page' Daily Mail Week after week, the postcards arrive, addressed to someone Ellie does not know, each signed with an initial: A. These alluring cartes postales of Greece brighten her life and cast a spell on her. She decides she must see this country for herself. On the morning Ellie leaves for Athens, a notebook arrives. Its pages tell the story of a man's odyssey through Greece. Moving, surprising and sometimes dark, A's tale unfolds with the discovery not only of a culture, but also of a desire to live life to the full once more. Beloved, bestselling author Victoria Hislop's Cartes Postales from Greece is fiction illustrated with photographs that make this journey around Greece, already alive in the imagination, linger forever in the mind. Praise for Cartes Postales. . . 'When it comes to tales about Greecem Hislop is an undisputed queen' Heat magazine 'A lavish love letter to Greece' Sunday Mirror 'A beautiful tale of love, struggle and redemption' Prima 'This wonderful, illuminating novel is a perfect escape' Woman & Home 'This beautiful novel is illustrated with gorgeous photos to really bring the country to life' Sun on Sunday

Sunrise

Sunrise

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/03/2016

Na chto mozhet reshit'sya chelovek, chtoby zashchitit' tekh, kogo lyubit?Kipr - zhemchuzhina Sredizemnogo morya. Famagusta - prekrasnejshij gorod na ostrove, v kotoryj stekayutsya turisty so vsego sveta Afroditi i ee muzh Savvas otkryvayut samyj roskoshnyj v Famaguste otel' "e;Voskhod gde mirno rabotayut i greki, i turki. Spasayas' ot mezhnacional'noj vrazhdy, v Famagustu pereezzhayut dve sem'i - grecheskaya Georgiu i tureckaya YOzkan. Ih doma raspolozheny ryadom, i sem'i bystro podruzhilis'. Odnako pod vneshnim loskom spokojnoj zhizni v gorode chuvstvuetsya napryazhennost'. Pod predlogom zashchity turok-kipriotov na ostrov vtorgayutsya tureckie vojska, povergaya stranu v haos. V uzhase prakticheski vse zhiteli pokidayut Famagustu, i tol'ko dve sem'i - Georgiu i YOzkan - ostayutsya v razrushennom i ograblennom gorode, najdya pristanishche v broshennom hozyaevami otele "e;Voskhod Pytayas' vyzhit' v nechelovecheskih usloviyah, oni srazhayutsya s golodom, strahom i sobstvennymi predrassudkami. Vpervye na russkom yazyke!

thread

thread

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/11/2015

Greciya - kolybel' evropejskoj civilizacii. Saloniki - krupnejshij gorod-port na severe strany, drevnij gorod, nazvannyj v chest' sestry Aleksandra Makedonskogo. Gorod, v kotorom vekami zhili lyudi raznyh nacional'nostej i veroispovedanij. "e;Nit' - blestyashchij rasskaz o druzhbe i lyubvi, vernosti i predatel'stve. Zahvatyvayushchaya semejnaya saga, nasyshchennaya glubokimi chuvstvami i sil'nymi strastyami, razvorachivaetsya v Salonikah na fone tragicheskih sobytij dvadcatogo veka. EHto roman o tekh nityah, chto svyazyvayut raznye pokoleniyaVpervye na russkom yazyke!

island

island

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/11/2015

"e;Ee dlinnye temnye volosy razvevalis' na vetru, a pohodka byla ustavshej. Lodka kachalas' v prohladnyh volnah, ostalos' lish' opustit'sya v nee. I vsyo - v prezhnyuyu zhizn' bol'she ne budet vozvrata.Geroinya romana Aleks Filding hochet pobol'she uznat' o proshlom svoej materi, no ta tshchatel'no skryvaet ego: izvestno lish', chto ona vyrosla v malen'kom gorodke na ostrove Krit i v yunosti perebralas' v London. Vo vremya puteshestviya po Kritu Aleks priezzhaet v selenie Plaka, gde do sih por zhivet podruga rodstvennicy ee materi. Derevushka nichem ne primechatel'na. Odno iz mnogochislennyh poselenij, zateryavshihsya na grecheskih zemlyah. Gory, sin' morya, a skvoz' ehtu sin' viden nebol'shoj ostrov, chto stydlivo hranit svoyu bol'. Kakuyu rol' v zhizni ee predkov sygral ehtot ostrov i kakie tajny skryvaet vneshne blagopoluchnaya zhizn'?..

The Sunrise

The Sunrise

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

'Intelligent and immersive... a poignant, compelling family saga' The Sunday Times The No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller from the million-copy best-selling author of The Island, The Thread, and The Return. In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple are about to open the island's most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. Two neighbouring families, the Georgious and the OEzkans, are among many who moved to Famagusta to escape the years of unrest and ethnic violence elsewhere on the island. But beneath the city's facade of glamour and success, tension is building. When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city, just two families remain. This is their story. Praise for The Sunrise. . . 'Fascinating and moving' The Times 'An imaginative tour de force, and a great read' Daily Mail 'An absorbing tale about family, friendship, loyalty and betrayal' Good Housekeeping 'Heartbreaking' Essentials 'Vibrant... Hislop brings history to life in this compelling tale' Tatler 'Fascinating' Sunday Mirror

The Story: Love

The Story: Love

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2014

'Love is, of course, a central preoccupation of literature...' Victoria Hislop, bestselling author and champion of the short story, has chosen her favourite short stories by women writers. Here are prizewinners, famous wits, well-known feminists, national treasures and rising stars. Love is represented in this volume in all its guises - romantic, maternal, happy and haunting. CONTRIBUTORS: Katherine Mansfield, Dorothy Parker, Doris Lessing, Margaret Drabble, Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Ellen Gilchrist, Alice Walker, Mavis Gallant, Carol Shields, Anne Enright, Elspeth Davie, Alison Lurie, Jennifer Egan, Jeanette Winterson, Claire Boylan, Maggie Gee, Colette Paul, Rachel Seiffert, Yiyun Li, Nadine Gordimer, Miranda July, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Carys Davies, Alison MacLeod, Emma Donoghue, Roshi Fernando, M. J. Hyland and Avril Joy.

The Story: Life

The Story: Life

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2014

'Life provides infinite shades of light and dark...' Victoria Hislop, bestselling author and champion of the short story, has chosen her favourite short stories by women writers. Here are prizewinners, famous wits, well-known feminists, national treasures and rising stars. All the stories in this volume are about life - happy, sad, mundane and extraordinary - it is captured here in all its rich variety. CONTRIBUTORS: Willa Cather, Virginia Woolf, Ellen Gilchrist, Dorothy Parker, Doris Lessing, Penelope Fitzgerald, Margaret Atwood, Penelope Lively, Anita Desai, Alice Munro, Elspeth Davie, Penelope Fitzgerald, Alice Walker, A. M. Homes, Anne Enright, Elizabeth Jolley, Jane Gardam, Alison Lurie, Nicola Barker, Jennifer Egan, Muriel Spark, Hilary Mantel, A. S. Byatt, Maggie Gee, Ali Smith, A. L. Kennedy, Polly Samson, Helen Simpson and Stella Duffy.

The Story: Loss

The Story: Loss

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2014

'I think few of the stories in Loss will leave readers cold...' Victoria Hislop, bestselling author and champion of the short story, has chosen her favourite short stories by women writers. Here are prizewinners, famous wits, well-known feminists, national treasures and rising stars. All the stories in this volume are about loss: lost lives, lost loves, lost innocence, even a lost leopard. The many ways in which loss touches our lives are shown in these varied stories. CONTRIBUTORS: Katherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Bowen, Dorothy Parker, Shirley Jackson, Flannery O'Connor, Elizabeth Taylor, Jean Rhys, Anna Kavan, Muriel Spark, Ellen Gilchrist, Penelope Fitzgerald, Lorrie Moore, Hilary Mantel, Susan Hill, Colette Paul, Yiyun Li, Helen Simpson, Edna O'Brien, Edith Pearlman, Emma Donoghue, Carrie Tiffany and Lucy Wood.

The Last Dance and Other Stories

The Last Dance and Other Stories

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/05/2013

'Lyrical, twisty short stories' Evening Standard A collection of stunning short stories from the million-copy bestselling author of The Island. Three of these stories were previously published in Victoria Hislop's ebook collection, One Cretan Evening. In ten powerful stories, Victoria Hislop takes us through the streets of Athens and into the tree-lined squares of Greek villages. As she evokes their distinct atmosphere, she brings vividly to life a host of unforgettable characters, from a lonesome priest to battling brothers, and from an unwanted stranger to a groom troubled by music and memory. These bittersweet tales of love and loyalty, of separation and reconciliation, captured in Victoria Hislop's unique voice, will stay with you long after you reach the end. Praise for The Last Dance and Other Stories. . . 'A master at evoking a sense of place' Mail on Sunday 'Stunning... Intricate, beautifully observed' Express 'Beguiling... her characters are utterly convincing' Daily Mail 'A vivid portrait of a country in upheaval' Tatler

One Cretan Evening and Other Stories

One Cretan Evening and Other Stories

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Ebook Release Date: 15/09/2011

Set in Greece and in England, One Cretan Evening, The Pine Tree, By the Fire, The Warmest Christmas Ever and Aflame in Athens are five unmissable stories told in Victoria's unique voice. This ebook includes the opening of The Thread, Victoria's new novel: a powerful tale of love and loyalty set in the vibrant city of Thessaloniki, Greece.

The Return

The Return

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/04/2009

'Aims to open the eyes and tug the heartstrings' Independent An atmospheric, vibrant and moving tale of pain and passion at the heart of war-torn Spain from Victoria Hislop, the million-copy bestselling author of The Island. Beneath the majestic towers of the Alhambra, Granada's cobbled streets resonate with music and secrets. Sonia Cameron knows nothing of the city's shocking past; she is here to dance. But in a quiet cafe, a chance conversation and an intriguing collection of old photographs draw her into the extraordinary tale of Spain's devastating civil war. Seventy years earlier, the cafe is home to the close-knit Ramirez family. In 1936, an army coup led by Franco shatters the country's fragile peace, and in the heart of Granada the family witnesses the worst atrocities of conflict. Divided by politics and tragedy, everyone must take a side, fighting a personal battle as Spain rips itself apart. Praise for The Return. . . 'Hislop deserves a medal for opening a breach into the holiday beach bag' Independent 'Captivating and deeply moving' Look 'Hislop marries an epic family saga with meticulous historical research, and it's a captivating partnership' Easy Living 'Executed with verve and sensitivity' Sunday Telegraph