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Lepra offers free educational resources for “Maria’s Island”

Lepra (@lepra) are really excited to be working with Victoria Hislop, Gill Smith and Walker Books on a free educational resource based on the children’s book, Maria’s Island.

Maria’s Island is a compelling story for #KS2 and #KS3 students which follows a family impacted by leprosy, a disease which is often misunderstood. The book examines the challenges they face and how they overcome them.

If your school is looking for a charity to support, then the educational resources, created by Walker Books, can be used for free in class or assembly, alongside a video presentation about how your school can fundraise for Lepra.


Reunify The Marbles

Victoria hislop joined protestors, including six members of parliament, at the British Museum in London on Sunday to call for the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles with Greece as international support grows for a resolution to the decades-long cultural row.

The protest was organized by the advocacy group British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles (BCRPM) and marked the 13th anniversary of the inauguration of the Acropolis Museum in Athens.

Activists unfurled Greek flags and a banner reading “Reunify the Marbles!” inside the museum, while English author and honorary Greek citizen Victoria Hislop presented a cake with the numbers “1” and “3.” The 5th-century BCE statues have been held in the British institutions since 1816, after they were removed from the facade of the Acropolis under the direction of Scottish nobleman Lord Elgin.


A dramatic and moving story set in the same world as the international bestseller The Island from the celebrated novelist Victoria Hislop.

The absorbing story of the Cretan village of Plaka and the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga – Greece’s former leprosy colony – is told to us by Maria Petrakis, one of the children in the original version of The Island. She tells us of the ancient and misunderstood disease of leprosy, exploring the themes of stigma, shame and the treatment of those who are different, which are as relevant for children as adults. Gill Smith’s rich, full-colour illustrations will transport the reader to the timeless and beautiful Greek landscape and Mediterranean seascape.

“The idea came out of a conversation with some school teachers in Crete.” said Victoria “They commented that there were so many themes in the story that were as relevant to children as to adults but felt that the original novel was a little too grown-up for many of them. I realised that much of the book is actually about children and their experiences of stigma and loss, so this has been a wonderful experience for me, to look at things through their eyes. Writing for children requires a whole different set of skills and I hope they will enjoy reading it.”


Praise for Maria’s Island

The tale is narrated by Maria, one of the children in Hislop’s novel The Island, from which this engrossing yarn is skillfully adapted for younger readers.
― The Daily Telegraph

Sometimes poignant but never upsetting, this book highlights the strength of love, friendship and resilience over adversity. Complemented wonderfully by Gill Smith’s beautiful illustrations, this is an ideal book for older early readers who are ready explore more complex themes associated such as coping with adversity and having respect for others who may be different from themselves.
– Gazette Herald Books of the Month

I picked this book up as soon as it arrived and couldn’t put it down. My favourite things were the Greek setting and the history in the story, and I loved that the character was called Anna – best name ever! I didn’t know much about this story before I read it and enjoyed finding out about the adventures. I would recommend it to my friends. I liked the illustrations too.
— Anna, Age 11 ― Toppsta

“…a powerful story about love, stigma and hope.”
– Mini Travellers


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2 days ago

In Victoria’s THE ISLAND Fotini tells Alexis that, “Your mother’s story is your grandmother’s story, and it is also your great-grandmother’s story. It’s your great-aunt’s story too.” ... See MoreSee Less

In Victoria’s THE ISLAND Fotini tells Alexis that, “Your mother’s story is your grandmother’s story, and it is also your great-grandmother’s story. It’s your great-aunt’s story too.”

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Just loved The Island. It’s the first book I’ve read twice - and I’ve read a LOT of books. Once at home in Birmingham and then again on holiday in Elounda looking across to Spinalonga. I’m on holiday now in Elounda. Beautiful area of Crete.

One of the few books I have read multiple times is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier but I can definitely feel The Island calling me back! 🧐😊

loved The Island

Just reading this book, great story.

My favourite book ever. 💕

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5 days ago

Victoria says, “A guidebook to Greece is simply that – a guide. Not an instruction manual. I can’t point to a favourite place on the map and say 'go there'. The variety in the islands is huge, though they all have certain things in common: poetic names, clear sea, pretty harbours and friendly people. None of these ever disappoint.” ... See MoreSee Less

Victoria says, “A guidebook to Greece is simply that – a guide. Not an instruction manual. I can’t point to a favourite place on the map and say go there. The variety in the islands is huge, though they all have certain things in common: poetic names, clear sea, pretty harbours and friendly people. None of these ever disappoint.”

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Crete is the best island it's so beautiful and such fantastic place and local people are so friendly been going to aghios for 21 years visit elounda every time read the island and then went to spinalonga read 1 night in August before I went last week

Beautiful picture that I think is of Kefalonia. Will you be setting a novel there? I go there every summer where I read your novels while on holiday, it's the island of my ancestors. I would love to talk to you one day about how you research your stories, one day I want to find out what happened to my Kefalonian grandfather, your novel "Those who are loved" has given me some ideas.

All the islands have their own charm. Just love Greece.

Cannot agree more, love all of Greece, particularly Crete, where we have spent the last month

Love the Greek Isles

Greece never disappoints.

Currently in Crete, staying in Elounda. Here’s the view from our hotel room balcony. Just finished reading ‘one August night’ ❤️

Kefalonia, always

PlakaKats. If I keep posting our name, maybe she will remember us.

I want to find a truly authentic Greek island to visit, any ideas?

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As Victoria says: “I’m not a writer who can write to order, I write because I have an idea. Something gets to me and the story evolves from there.” ... See MoreSee Less

As Victoria says: “I’m not a writer who can write to order, I write because I have an idea. Something gets to me and the story evolves from there.”

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Me too almost finished The Thread, really dont want it to end her books are so good, I feel like I'm there.

Well I love your writing xx

I like your books! 🥰

I agree!

Vivement que vous trouviez l idée, il me tarde de vous lire

Lovely your book

Same here...

Είστε υπέροχη!!!

Το Ελληνικό αίμα φαίνεται στον τρόπο και στο χαμόγελο της!

Hoping there's another in the pipeline:)

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2 weeks ago

Victoria says: "When I open my windows in Athen the sounds are very different from London sounds – not just the language of course, but the volume and the quantity of sound. Greece is much noisier than the UK – here in Greece people are more vocal and unafraid to use their car horns!" ... See MoreSee Less

Victoria says: When I open my windows in Athen the sounds are very different from London sounds – not just the language of course, but the volume and the quantity of sound. Greece is much noisier than the UK – here in Greece people are more vocal and unafraid to use their car horns!

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It is simply not true. London is horrible. The noise is unbearable. Athens is magical and full of happy vibes

Especially when there is a marriage in town 🤩

Pour Vesna Petricevic bisous

Victoria Hislop Victoria, what a very polite and diplomatic way of writing about nasty habits and ethos. Kazantzakis (I think) would write: The Athenians are very rude and noisy. They respect nobody, and were screaming 😱 against me in case I was awarded the Literature Nobel prize. They even tried to hand down an anathema on me, but failed. Some priests and fascists, hated my books. Almost the same way some stupid and fanatics Cypriots hated and condemned the lovely book "The Sunrise", by Victoria Hislop. Some even wanted to burn it, without reading the 📖 book.

Indeed!!🤣

Love Athens 🇬🇷

Ha Ha we are loud

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2 weeks ago

🎬 Go behind the scenes and meet the incredible cast of the Greek adaptation of Μια Νύχτα του Αυγούστου / ONE AUGUST NIGHT for EPT at tinyurl.com/ycx5tae2. ... See MoreSee Less

🎬  Go behind the scenes and meet the incredible cast of the Greek adaptation of Μια Νύχτα του Αυγούστου / ONE AUGUST NIGHT for EPT at https://tinyurl.com/ycx5tae2.

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Your book is fabulous but the tv adaptation is awful, i struggled not to turn it off, thinking that within the hour it will make sense, but it's really all over the place. The tv adaptation of Cartes Postales was superb though.

Is there any possibility to write to you in private? Your book Cartes postales from Greece is SUPER but I can't find it in italian: could you please be so kind to help me?

When is it broadcast on EPT, and which one of their channels?

When can we see this ?

💖💖

Πότε ξεκινάει στην ΕΡΤ ;;; when we will see it in ERT???

Ça va sortir en France ? En DVD?

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