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Secrets of Santorini: Escape to the Greek Islands with this gorgeous beach read Paperback – 1 July 2019

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'Perfect', 'beautiful', 'inspirational', 'compelling', plenty of action', 'can't wait to read another!', 'spectacular', 'gripping', 'heartbreaking' . . . ― Readers on ISLAND and VILLA

One for the suitcase - whether real or imaginary. You'll feel you're in Greece as soon as you start reading. ― FROST Magazine

Packed with intrigue, danger and romance, Wilson's passion for the classics and an endless fascination with foraging into the vibrant corners of history, this is a poignant and beautifully written story best read on a sunlounger with a glass of chilled ouzo ― Lancashire Telegraph

For a heart-warming book to pack in your holiday bag look no further than Secrets of Santorini- a story that will whisk you away to the picturesque Greek island and immerse you in its ancient history ― CultureFly

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Patricia Wilson was born in Liverpool, has lived on Crete and is now settled on Rhodes. She was first inspired to write when she unearthed a rusted machine gun in her garden - one used in the events that unfolded during World War II on the island of Crete. The now elderly women involved in those events told Patricia their story, and her celebrated debut Island of Secrets (150k copies sold) was the result. Villa of Secrets (60k copies sold) was inspired by documents found in a secret room in a police station in Rhodes detailing the fate of the Jews on the island in 1944. Secrets of Santorini is inspired by frescoes found on Santorini.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Zaffre (1 July 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1785768972
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1785768972
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
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Hi there,

This is where I tell you about myself and my books? Okay, here goes. I’m English, the eldest of seven, six amazing brothers and sisters; born on the Wirral, Merseyside. I retired to Greece 25 years ago. While living in a remote mountain village on the island of Crete, I dug up a rusted machine gun in my garden. After investigating the tragic story behind the weapon, I wrote ISLAND of SECRETS, a family saga - historical fiction, which sold 125,000 copies in Europe in twelve weeks.

I have since moved to the Greek island of Rhodes and written my second novel, VILLA of SECRETS also a family saga based on a true story of injustice. Walk through the castellated city of Rhodes and see the places where it all happened. Even as I was writing the story, new things came to light, a door in the main police station was unlocked for the first time in 70 years and some amazing information appeared. VILLA of SECRETS received rave reviews and went straight into the Sunday Times top 15 books.

My next novel was influenced by a piece of pottery bearing strange symbols. While investigating what it might be about, I discovered the ancient history of Santorini according to myth and legend. Santorini, an island ruled by women, had a strong connection to Crete, and involved a great mystery regarding the disappearance of its people. SECRETS of SANTORINI came out in 2019 and remains a best seller to date.

2020 brought my novel, GREEK ISLAND EXCAPE, and the coronavirus! The closure of all bookshops arrived with the pandemic. Nevertheless, the reviews have been outstanding. I think this is because we can all put ourselves in the position of a mother searching for her missing daughter. This tearjerker revolves around Athens and Crete and takes place in the most difficult times in Greek history, 60's to 70's. Once again, it is inspired by a true story though I am sworn under oath to keep the singer's name a secret. This is my favourite novel so far. Such an agonizing love story! And the end... well...

At this point in time, May 2020, I am writing my next novel which will be released in the spring of 2021. It's such a lovely story, based on the smaller Greek islands, history, and present day events. I can't wait to see it published and on the shelves, and I hope some people who are connected to the real live event contact me. Watch this space for a release date.

I’m thrilled when a reader tells me she enjoys my novel, particularly if she leaves a review on Amazon. After all, I spend a whole year researching and writing for my audience, it's good to know I haven't wasted my efforts. Best wishes, Patricia X

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