Born Victoria Hamson in Bromley, Kent in 1959, Victoria Hislop was raised in Tonbridge and worked in publishing and as a journalist before becoming an author. She now lives in Sissinghurst and is married to the Private Eye editor and Have I Got News for You panelist Ian Hislop.
Victoria’s most famous novel is her debut, 2007’s The Island - which won Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards. This books has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and Victoria’s novels have been translated into over 30 languages.
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 Fotini, 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. Victoria Hislop's debut novel, The Island is a book that you will find hard to put down.