She was born in Kent, and grew up in Tonbridge. She studied English at St. Hilda's College, Oxford, went into PR, and then became a travel writer and contributor to The Telegraph. She didn't plan to become an author until she took a holiday to Greece in 2001 - she stumbled upon a former leper colony, where her first novel, The Island, was set. Since then, she's written several novels (including the best-selling The Return) and collections of short stories.
She lives in London with her husband and two children.
Book and writing awards
Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards (2007).
To celebrate the publication of Victoria Hislop's anthology The Story: Love, Loss, and the Lives of Women we have a short story by Katherine Mansfield, and details of a special launch event at Waterstones Piccadilly...