A dramatic and moving adaptation of Victoria’s bestselling novel "The Island" with rich, full-colour illustrations by Gill Smith that will transport the reader to the timeless and beautiful Greek landscape … Read More One August Night ‘A beautifully written story that will enchant the reader’
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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 leper 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


The Knossos Project

After almost a century of activity, the BSA Knossos Research Centre needs urgent renovation and updating to meet the needs of 21st-century researchers. In close collaboration with the Greek authorities, the BSA has developed an ambitious plan: the Knossos 2025 Project will transform the Knossos Research Centre by providing world-class facilities for future generations of researchers, ensuring the best possible storage and conservation conditions for the precious archaeological materials, and attracting new academic and local audiences. We are delighted to announce best-selling author Victoria Hislop as the Knossos 2025 Patron.

When the Project is completed:

  • scholars will enjoy state-of-the-art facilities for 21st-century archaeology, including laboratory space for ceramic analysis and bioarchaeological research.
  • the Research Centre’s internationally renowned study collection – officially known as the ‘Knossos Stratigraphical Museum’, informally ‘the Strat’ – will have a new mezzanine floor offering over 700m² of study and storage space for researchers complementing the existing ground floor store.
  • refurbished storerooms for architectural, ceramic and bioarchaeological finds will ensure the proper preservation of Knossos’ material remains.
  • the collections will be digitised and become available online to researchers.
  • the Knossos Research Centre will offer a rich programme of workshops, lectures, performances and other outreach events engaging scholars, visitors and the local community more directly with Knossos’ 9,000-year history.

The Knossos 2025 Project offers a unique and exciting opportunity to support archaeological research at Knossos well into the 21st century. The cost of the overall project is estimated at £2 million.

For more information aboutmteh Knossos Project, please visit their website.


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4 days ago

The group shot just after we had found out we were leaving - the most difficult thing was saying goodbye to my group of fellow dancers - who are all precious friends now. We all loved and supported each other even though it’s meant to be a competition! I hope to see them all again at the Final which takes place at the end of January. ... See MoreSee Less

The group shot just after we had found out we were leaving - the most difficult thing was saying goodbye to my group of fellow dancers - who are all precious friends now. We all loved and supported each other even though it’s meant to be a competition! I hope to see them all again at the Final which takes place at the end of January.

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You're a fantastic ambassador for Britain here, well done on your performance!

1 week ago

Here was a moment of excitement and joy - when Telemachos Fatsis (my glorious dance partner) and I got our best results yet from the judges during "Dancing with the Stars”. ... See MoreSee Less

Here was a moment of excitement and joy - when Telemachos Fatsis (my glorious dance partner) and I got our best results yet from the judges during Dancing with the Stars”.

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Fantastic to read you are doing this Victoria, bravo! Best wishes Isabel

So beautiful!❤️

2 weeks ago

“The cross was attached to a long ribbon and the priest hurled it into the water, then pulled it up again. Once. Twice. On the third immersion, he released the ribbon and the cross flew free.”

Victoria writes about the rituals that surround Epiphany in CARTES POSTALE FROM GREECE. Will you have a chance to witness the blessing of the waters this year? Wishing you all joy and brightness wherever you are on this day of Epiphany.
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“The cross was attached to a long ribbon and the priest hurled it into the water, then pulled it up again. Once. Twice. On the third immersion, he released the ribbon and the cross flew free.”

Victoria writes about the rituals that surround Epiphany in CARTES POSTALE FROM GREECE. Will you have a chance to witness the blessing of the waters this year? Wishing you all joy and brightness wherever you are on this day of Epiphany.

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Love her books.... Reading The Sunrise now

I really enjoyed this book. Love Greece

Love this book ❤️

Haven’t started to read this book yet

I have just watched today's from Kato Gouves, Crete. It was filmed.

Happy Epiphany Victoria! 💖💝⭐

Χρόνια πολλά ❤️

J' ai lu ce livre et ce passage m'avait marqué....

I have often watched from Ierapetra harbour. Miss it 😢

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2 weeks ago

“The journey is the thing” - I loved this piece of wisdom from Homer so much that I framed it and put it on my wall in Athens. There are so many ways to remind myself that life should be lived in the moment and that we need to enjoy every day etc. but I particularly loved this expression of it. None of us knows what 2022 holds, but let’s all look forward to new opportunities and moments of joy in the coming year for ourselves and our loved ones. ... See MoreSee Less

“The journey is the thing” - I loved this piece of wisdom from Homer so much that I framed it and put it on my wall in Athens. There are so many ways to remind myself that life should be lived in the moment and that we need to enjoy every day etc. but I particularly loved this expression of it. None of us knows what 2022 holds, but let’s all look forward to new opportunities and moments of joy in the coming year for ourselves and our loved ones.

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"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."--Pericles

Victoria your books are so beautiful and wonderful, they really Make me feel I’m traveling through Greece I loved them!! Thank you

Wonderful words Victoria. 😁 Hope 2022 is Everything you and your many readers are looking for. 😁💖

Happy new year to you victoria from an heraclion Cretan N woman who admires your Cretan guts.

Have a healthy, happy 2022!

Beautiful and well said 🙏❤️

Totally agree.

Κυρία Hislop σας εύχομαι καλή κι ευλογημένη χρονιά! Πράγματι, το ταξίδι, η πορεία... είναι που έχει νόημα...

Καλή χρονιά με υγεία !!! Just finished watching all episodes of Καρτ Ποσταλ ..it was one of the best things i've watched for years !!

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3 weeks ago

"Ευχές 2022” - Ι have this hanging in my study. It’s a classic Greek seasonal decoration, given to me by a friend in Athens before I left. I shall keep it close all year.

Wishing all my readers and followers my warmest wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year.
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Ευχές 2022” - Ι have this hanging in my study. It’s a classic Greek seasonal decoration, given to me by a friend in Athens before I left. I shall keep it close all year.  

Wishing all my readers and followers my warmest wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year.

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Wishing you a happy new year. A lovely gift to cherish. X

I saw your picture of the lights taken from a cab - We have also just returned from a magical Christmas in Athens - Our very first Christmas away from home and being half Greek, it more than lived up to all our expectations. Happy New Year x

Happy New year to you and your family Victoria x

Best wishes Victoria ! Looking forward to your adventures !

Happy New year Victoria! I loved all the episodes of Carte Postales on our National TV channel. 💖💚💝💚🌟🔔

Happy New Year xxxx

Happy New year Victoria! Can't wait to read you again! 💝

Good health and happiness. X

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year !!!

Happy New Year 🎉❤️🎉

Happy new year 🥳

Victoria we love you!!

This is called a gouri, I believe? A friend is making one for me! Happy New Year!

Enjoying your latest xxx

Happy New Year!!

Greek New year's breakfast...

Happy new year 🥂🥂

Καλή Χρονιά στην αγαπημένη μου συγγραφέα! Happy New Year Victoria! I wish all the best for you and your family! 😊🎄🎁🎅🏼

Καλή Χρονιά αγαπημένη μου συγγραφέα!! Με υγεία οικογενειακή ευτυχία και πολυ έμπνευση!!🌟🎅🍾🥂

Καλή Χρονιά ‼

Kali Xponia from Elounda 🎉🎉🎉

Bonne année à vous aussi. Valérie une fan française

Με υγεια πανω απο ολα,με αγαπη για ολους μας ,με αξιες δυνατες για τους ανθρωπους σε ολον τον κοσμο παντα όρθιοι και γεροί να γλενταμε ,να συναντιομαστε ,να ζουμε

Αγαπημένη μου ❤ καλή χρονιά

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