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The island

By: Hislop, Victoria

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20 cm 473 p.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Review, 2005.

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 Fortini, 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...


FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


S 2007 British Book Awards: Newcomer of the Year
S 2007 British Book Awards: Book of the Year

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