The Island, the acclaimed million-copy No.1 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.***A beautiful 10th anniversary paperback edition that includes a new essay by Victoria Hislop on the impact of this million-copy 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...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 496 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 10/04/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780755309511