Best-known for her evocative and thoroughly researched historical novels, set against the backdrop of southern Europe - particularly Greece - Victoria Hislop is one of the UK’s bestselling novelists. She worked as a journalist and in publishing before writing her first novel, The Island, inspired by her love of Greece. Widely considered a modern classic, the novel - which follows four generations of a family on the leper colony island of Spinalonga, off the coast of Crete - was an instant hit with Waterstones booksellers and became an international bestseller. Since then she has continued to dominate bestseller lists, with books including The Return, The Thread, The Sunrise and Carte Postales from Greece. Her latest novel, Those Who Are Loved, is published in May 2019.
Returning to the country that has inspired some of her best-loved fiction - including the modern classic, The Island - Victoria Hislop’s enthralling new novel, Those Who Are Loved, explores love across battle lines and the lasting repercussions of splintered loyalty. As Greece is fractured by German occupation, brutal civil war and dictatorship, one woman’s life is shaped by her country’s history, forced to choose between her principles and the promise of freedom. Our special edition contains an exclusive essay by Victoria Hislop on the island of Makronisos and the history that inspired the novel, giving readers the chance to uncover new perspectives on an enthralling novel and Greece’s turbulent past.