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The Return

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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.

If you like Victoria Hislop you might also like to read books by Lucinda Riley, Khaled Hosseini and Tracy Chevalier.

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Synopsis

The Return by Victoria Hislop

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.

Reviews

'Excellent' * Sunday Telegraph * 'Powerful stuff' * Daily Mail * 'Meticulously researched historical narrative and imaginative storytelling' * Telegraph * 'Like a literary Nigella, she whips up a cracking historical romance with a dash of family secrets and a splash of female self-discovery' * Time Out * 'Aims to open the eyes, and tug the heartstrings, of readers... Hislop deserves a medal for opening a breach into the holiday beach bag' * Independent * 'THE RETURN may be a beach book, but it goes inland and rummages around in the cellars' * The Times * 'A well-researched and meaty follow-up to The Island' * The Times *'


About the Author

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 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

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Book Info

Publication date

16th April 2009

Author

Victoria Hislop

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Publisher

Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
592 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Relationship Stories
Romantic Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780755332953

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