The Return

by Victoria Hislop

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Return

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.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Return Synopsis

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.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780755332953
Publication date: 16th April 2009
Author: Victoria Hislop
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 592 pages
Primary Genre Historical Fiction
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About Victoria Hislop

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 ...

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