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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Victoria says the starting spot for her novels is place: “It has to be somewhere real that brings history alive and makes my hair stand on end.” For THOSE WHO ARE LOVED inspiration came while driving along the coast road with a friend. “I gazed out to sea expecting to see infinity. But instead there was this huge, rocky island called Makronisos. My friend wouldn’t tell me much about it, other than that it was uninhabited and communists had been imprisoned there during the civil war. Naturally, I was intrigued.” ... See MoreSee Less

Victoria says the starting spot for her novels is place: “It has to be somewhere real that brings history alive and makes my hair stand on end.” For THOSE WHO ARE LOVED inspiration came while driving along the coast road with a friend. “I gazed out to sea expecting to see infinity. But instead there was this huge, rocky island called Makronisos. My friend wouldn’t tell me much about it, other than that it was uninhabited and communists had been imprisoned there during the civil war. Naturally, I was intrigued.”

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I have just finished this book, it is the best yet. Can’t wait for the next one 😊

After reading Capt Corelli’s mandolin & The 🏝& The T 🧵 I am obsessed with 🇬🇷! In a good way !!

Best book yet. It was exquisitely written. X

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Hence the masterpieces you penned! 🙂

Pour être allée à Kéa c’est vrai que personne ne m’avait expliqué le passé de cette île. J’ai compris pourquoi en lisant votre livre

Ohhh!!! My Christmas pressie to me!!! Xxx

Mon livre préfėré parmi ceux que vous avez ėcrits, Victoria Hislop . 😍

Un livre magnifique ... des souvenirs terribles sur cette île.

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1 week ago

Love this photo and missing all my Dancing With the Stars Greece family! ... See MoreSee Less

Love this photo and missing all my Dancing With the Stars Greece family!

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I will repeat a sentence for you respectable Lady.....You are more Greek than we are and you have proved this lots of times.....So your heart belongs to your home...And home we never missed it....its always there!!!💞💕😉😉💞

Οταν χαιρεσαι κατι ,υπαρχει για παντα

2 weeks ago

Just a reminder that the e-book of Victoria's THE RETURN is still an Amazon Kindle deal until the end of the month and you can now download it for only 99p at amzn.to/2ZKM2uR. #TheReturn ... See MoreSee Less

Just a reminder that the e-book of Victorias THE RETURN is still an Amazon Kindle deal until the end of the month and you can now download it for only 99p at https://amzn.to/2ZKM2uR. #TheReturn

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How sad the link doesn't work for South Africa I have just heard about you books and would have loved to have got one at this price 😢

One of my favourite authors ever.

My favourite book ever! And at 54 that's some feat 😊

Also in Dutch e-book?

Jackie Stubbs Christine Morrisroe Yvonne Soan really recommend this one.

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These photos sum up the wonders of Dancing with the Stars Star Channel ... See MoreSee Less

These  photos sum up the wonders of Dancing with the Stars Star Channel

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Absolutely beautiful ❤️Love colour of your dress x

You are undoubtedly a standard of Womanhood. A star to look upon and be admired. Excellent performance.

Its wonderfull,but we are waiting for something even more beautyfull....YOUR NEW BOOK???

Absolutely beautiful ❤️ that's dancing! 💃🕺

Absolutely beautiful!!!

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this photo sums up the wonders of Dancing with the Stars

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So beautiful!❤️And you are so classy!

Pity this is not on BBC in tbe UK!

I'm wondering what else you Can do ? Congs Victoria !!!

Lovely

Gorgeous 💗

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2 weeks ago

Winter is a wonderful time for walking in Greece. Even in November and December the temperatures can be in the “teens" so it is a wonderful season to walk in the islands or even in the north of Greece – somewhere like the spectacular region of Papingo in Epirus. ... See MoreSee Less

Winter is a wonderful time for walking in Greece. Even in November and December the temperatures can be in the “teens so it is a wonderful season to walk in the islands or even in the north of Greece – somewhere like the spectacular region of Papingo in Epirus.

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Wonderfull as always💥

This evening, 21°c , Georgioupolis - Crete

November is my favourite month in Greece.

Alimos Athens last weekend

Fantastisk🙌🏻

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