Cartes Postales from Greece
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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.
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.
- Joan Sidwell - 'Beautifully illustrated and with a suggestion of hope and new beginnings, this is a very intriguing introduction to Victoria Hislop’s new book.'
- Ann Peet - 'Victoria Hislop is a wonderful storyteller and excellent at bringing to life the atmosphere and history of Greece...What a treat!'
- Claire Simms - 'A beautiful story with postcards and pictures to accompany it. I think we'd all enjoy receiving postcards every week from stunning locations, even if they weren't meant for us.'
- Joan Hill - 'I enjoyed this lovely ‘peep’ into Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop, the folklore, the people, their culture and their philosophy about how to live their lives to the full.'
- Helen Clark - 'The colour and vitality of everyday Greek life is catapulted through the pages with Hislop’s insightful and sharp narrative backed up with stunning yet lifelike postcards.'
- Phylippa Smithson - 'If you have never been inspired to head to Greece, you evidently have not read Hislop’s latest. It oozes heat, sun-touched tastes of the Mediterranean and is a fab read.'
- Evelyn Love- Gajardo - 'A different format for Victoria Hislop but it had the same effect on me as all her other books-I wanted to read on, and then get on a flight to Greece!'
- Cathy - 'The sampler shows the continuing great style of Victoria...Definitely a book I will want to read in full.'
- Mary Gibson - 'Reading a Victoria Hislop novel is like feeling the hot sun on your skin. Her stories illuminate your mind and transport you to another world.'
- Sarah Musk - 'Victoria Hislop has written a eulogy here more than a novel - it is a homage to a country she adores and that obscures the story somewhat.'
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Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop
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.
'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
About the Author
Publication date9th March 2017
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PublisherHeadline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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