Three years ago Cardiff born Ellie moved into a small block of twelve flats in Kensal Rise, London. Her life is dull. She does tele-ad sales for a trade mag and then suddenly she gets postcards from Greece addressed to a S. Ibbotson at her address. They are from an “A” in Greece as he travels round the country. She loves them and sticks them to her flat wall. After a few months she is inspired to go there herself. As she leaves for the airport she picks up a small package from her post pigeon hole. It contains a notebook in “A”’s handwriting. So we learn the man, Anthony, was expecting his love to join him for a fortnight’s holiday though she never came. He was in Greece researching a book and has the advance which will last a year if he is careful. Dejected and in despair he goes travelling to forget, escape, lose himself … all those things Greece can offer, plus fantastic scenery and sunshine. As he is alone the locals embrace him and many tell him tales. There follows a series of short stories as he moves from village square to village square and listens. They are gentle, poignant, very Greek and quite charming. Some have religious undertones, some touch on mythology, quite a few are just human drama tales of love, deception, loss and sadness, although many do have happy endings. The most horrific is The Honeymoon, the sweetest Air on a G String. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
One of our Books of the Year 2016.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Cartes Postales from Greece is an extraordinary new book from Victoria Hislop, the Sunday Times Number 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 a name Ellie does not know, with no return address, each signed with an initial: A. With their bright skies, blue seas and alluring images of Greece, these cartes postales brighten her life. After six months, to her disappointment, they cease. But the montage she has created on the wall of her flat has cast a spell. 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.
Closing date: 03/07/2018
In addition to the review by one of the Lovereading editorial experts some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review a sampler of this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
'When it comes to tales about Greece, Hislop is an undisputed queen - and this is easily her best novel yet' Heat on Cartes Postales from Greece
'A lavish love letter to Greece' Sunday Mirror on Cartes Postales from Greece
'Hislop's passionate love of the country breathes from every page' Daily Mail on Cartes Postales from Greece
'This beautiful novel is illustrated with gorgeous photos to really bring the country to life' Fabulous, Sun on Sunday on Cartes Postales from Greece
'A tender love story that will make you wish your own summer holiday wasn't a distant memory' Red online on Cartes Postales from Greece
'A beautiful tale of love, struggle and redemption' -- Cathy Rentzenbrink Prima on Cartes Postales from Greece
'A discerning fly-on-the-wall view of the country, a heady mix of poetic licence and gravitas... Greece works its magic in Hislop's latest ode to the country' The Lady on Cartes Postales from Greece
'A tantalising glimpse of a country far removed from the usual tourist resorts and beaches' Mail on Sunday on Cartes Postales from Greece
Publication date: 09/03/2017
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
|Publication date:||9th March 2017|
|Publisher:||Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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 ...More About Victoria Hislop