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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.

Author photo © Angus Muir

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.

Other books by Victoria Hislop

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 Island

The Island

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2015

***LIMITED EDITION*** Includes a new essay by Victoria Hislop on the impact of this million-copy bestseller. The acclaimed number one bestseller from Victoria Hislop is a dramatic tale of four generations, rent by war, illicit love, violence and leprosy, from the thirties, through the war, to the present day. 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...

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.

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.

The Last Dance and Other Stories

The Last Dance and Other Stories

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

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.

The Last Dance and Other Stories

The Last Dance and Other Stories

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2013

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.

The Thread

The Thread

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 27/10/2011

Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a fire sweeps through the thriving multicultural city, where Christians, Jews and Moslems live side by side. It is the first of many catastrophic events that will change for ever this city, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people. Five years later, young Katerina escapes to Greece when her home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she finds herself on a boat to an unknown destination. From that day the lives of Dimitri and Katerina become entwined, with each other and with the story of the city itself. Thessaloniki, 2007. A young Anglo-Greek hears the life story of his grandparents for the first time and realises he has a decision to make. For many decades, they have looked after the memories and treasures of people who have been forcibly driven from their beloved city. Should he become their new custodian? Should he stay or should he go?

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: CD-Audio Release Date: 15/01/2009

The mesmerising new novel from the author of the smash hit 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. Captivating and deeply moving, Victoria Hislop's second novel is as inspiring as her international bestselling debut, The Island.

The Island

The Island

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/01/2009

The acclaimed million-copy number one bestseller and winner of Richard & Judy's Summer Read 2006 from Victoria Hislop is a dramatic tale of four generations, rent by war, illicit love, violence and leprosy, from the thirties, through the war, to the present day. 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...

The Island

The Island

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/01/2009

An atmospheric, vibrant and moving first novel from an exciting new author. 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 Fortini, 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...

The Island

The Island

Author: Victoria Hislop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2006

The million-copy number one bestseller 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...