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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

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.

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Other books by Victoria Hislop

Those Who Are Loved The compelling Number One Sunday Times bestseller, 'A Must Read'

Those Who Are Loved The compelling Number One Sunday Times bestseller, 'A Must Read'

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/12/2019

'Victoria Hislop's view of history in her novels is, like the writer herself, a compassionate and generous one' Scotsman The gripping new novel by Sunday Times Number One bestseller Victoria Hislop is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars. Athens 1941. 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 powerful new novel from Number One bestseller 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. 'Hislop's passionate love of the country breathes from every page' Daily Mail on Cartes Postales from Greece 'Fascinating and moving . . . Hislop writes unforgettably about Cyprus and its people' The Times on The Sunrise 'Sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious' The Sunday Times on The Thread 'Meticulously researched historical narrative and imaginative storytelling' Telegraph on The Return

Those Who Are Loved The compelling Number One Sunday Times bestseller, 'A Must Read'

Those Who Are Loved The compelling Number One Sunday Times bestseller, 'A Must Read'

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2019

'Victoria Hislop's view of history in her novels is, like the writer herself, a compassionate and generous one' Scotsman The gripping new novel by Sunday Times Number One bestseller Victoria Hislop is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars. Athens 1941. 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 powerful new novel from Number One bestseller 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. 'Hislop's passionate love of the country breathes from every page' Daily Mail on Cartes Postales from Greece 'Fascinating and moving . . . Hislop writes unforgettably about Cyprus and its people' The Times on The Sunrise 'Sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious' The Sunday Times on The Thread 'Meticulously researched historical narrative and imaginative storytelling' Telegraph on The Return

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.

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: Paperback / softback 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 The runaway Sunday Times bestseller

Cartes Postales from Greece The runaway Sunday Times bestseller

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

THE 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.

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 / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

The No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller 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 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.

The Story: Loss Great Short Stories for Women by Women

The Story: Loss Great Short Stories for Women by Women

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback / softback 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 Story: Love Great Short Stories for Women by Women

The Story: Love Great Short Stories for Women by Women

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback / softback 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 Great Short Stories for Women by Women

The Story: Life Great Short Stories for Women by Women

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback / softback 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.