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The Island Hardcover – 14 July 2005

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; 1 edition (14 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755309502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755309504
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 24.2 x 3.5 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 798 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars2,406 customer ratings

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At last - a beach book with a heart... Meticulous research into Cretan culture...packed with family sagas, doomed love affairs, devastating secrets... She also forces us to reflect on illness, both the nasty, narrow-mindedness of the healthy and the spirit of survival in the so-called "unclean". Her message seems as relevant today as it would have been a century ago - Observer

'Hislop carefully evokes the lives of Cretans between the wars and during German occupation, but most commendable is her compassionate portrayal of the outcasts' Guardian - Guardian

'A promising debut' Grazia
magazine - Grazia magazine

Hislop carefully evokes the lives of Cretans between the wars and during German occupation, but most commendable is her compassionate portrayal of the outcasts - Guardian

'Wonderful descriptions, strong characters and an intimate portrait of island existence' Woman & Home - Woman & Home

Hislop's deep research, imagination and patent love of Crete creates a convincing portrait of times on the island. She writes evocatively of the minutiae of traditional life... She...manages to milk the dramatic potential of each unexpected twist and broken engagement, of the ruined and resurrected lives of her characters... A moving and absorbing holiday read that pulls at the heart strings - Evening Standard

Hislop is an exceptional writer with a strong v

About the Author

Victoria Hislop is a writer and journalist. She writes travel features for the Sunday Telegraph, the Mail on Sunday and a number of magazines. She also writes regular features on education for the Daily Telegraph, celebrity profiles for Woman & Home, and a column in BBC Parenting magazine. Victoria lives in Kent with her husband, Ian Hislop, and their two children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, full of every emotion one could feel!!! So well written with some beautiful characters... Huge 5* from me
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2.0 out of 5 stars one dimensional characters and simple language make for an un-engaging read.
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