The Island (CD-Audio)
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The Island (CD-Audio)

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CD-Audio Published: 05/01/2009
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An atmospheric, vibrant and moving first novel from an exciting new author.

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...

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780755375424
Dimensions: 142 x 125 x 24 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Adding depth and colour to the story is the description of Cretan life... in particular, the vividly detailed account of life on Spinalonga... It is one of the achievements of this thoughtful novel that it presents the lives of the island's inhabitants with such empathy. The result is a fascinating work that combines a moving love story witha plea for more understanding about this most cruel of diseases' * The Times *
'This is a vivid, moving and absorbing tale, with its senstive, realistic engagement with all the consequences of, and stigma attached to leprosy, elevating it beyond holiday literature.' * Observer *
'Gently gripping tale' * Scotsman on Sunday *
'Brings dignity and tenderness to her novel.' * Telegraph *

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