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


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3 days ago

In case you missed it, Star Channel have just released the trailer for this season of "Dancing With the Stars". Get set for Greek style sequins and glamour . . . and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a dancing contestant that you may well know!

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7 days ago

25th August 1957. The island of Spinalonga closes its leper colony. And a moment of violence has devastating consequences. When time stops dead for Maria Petrakis and her sister, Anna, two families splinter apart.

One August Night is still an Amazon Kindle Monthly Deal until the end of September. Download your copy for only 99p at amzn.to/3jbE9pm.
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25th August 1957. The island of Spinalonga closes its leper colony. And a moment of violence has devastating consequences. When time stops dead for Maria Petrakis and her sister, Anna, two families splinter apart.

One August Night is still an Amazon Kindle  Monthly Deal until the end of September. Download your copy for only 99p at https://amzn.to/3jbE9pm.

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Just finished this book and enjoyed it so much I’ve started to read The Island again 🥰

We will be there in a few days - Taking it steady - FIRST DAY - Paradise Cove - The Water was cool further out at the entry - Ciao Ciao

prachtig boek

Love this book 😍

1 week ago

Victoria book CARTES POSTALE FROM GREECE would not have existed without Patra. Victoria says: "This is a city that represents the extremes of Greece and the underlying chaos of it all, contrasts of beauty and ugliness, the sublime and the mundane, an endless source of surprise and fascination.” ... See MoreSee Less

Victoria book CARTES POSTALE FROM GREECE would not have existed without Patra. Victoria says: This is a city that represents the extremes of Greece and the underlying chaos of it all, contrasts of beauty and ugliness, the sublime and the mundane, an endless source of surprise and fascination.”

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Je l'ai lu aussi ce livre carte postale de grece vraiment très sympa

I love Patras. Lived there for three years. x

Great book I really enjoyed it ☺️

Un très beau livre.

μπραβο βικτορια μας κανεις υπερηφανους ελα να γινει ελληνιδα και πατρινια...

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2 weeks ago

In THE LAST DANCE AND OTHER STORIES, Victoria gives us ten stories of Greek life that take us to the dusty streets of Athens and shady little tavernas in village squares.

As The Independent wrote: ‘They are refreshingly readable. Just the thing to pack in your holiday hand luggage, especially if you are going to Greece.’
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In THE LAST DANCE AND OTHER STORIES, Victoria gives us ten stories of Greek life that take us to the dusty streets of Athens and shady little tavernas in village squares. 

As The Independent wrote: ‘They are refreshingly readable. Just the thing to pack in your holiday hand luggage, especially if you are going to Greece.’

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Great book! Read it in French and in English

Just finished the Island and now reading One August Night…loving them both. X

Loved reading these little short stories and when I was on Greece

Love this little book.You can read these stories again and again.

I have this book and really enjoy reading it

I adored The Island.

mooi boek !

Larry White

Love this ❤️

Loved reading this

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2 weeks ago

Victoria says: "The inspiration for more or less every book that I’ve written has been not an idea, a person, or a fact, but actually a place. And the place is really important for me as it becomes the central character of my story." ... See MoreSee Less

Victoria says: The inspiration for more or less every book that I’ve written has been not an idea, a person, or a fact, but actually a place. And the place is really important for me as it becomes the central character of my story.

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you paint such vivid pictures of the places in your books , it makes me feel like i am there as well .

Visited a few of the places in your books - then I read what you have written and am transported back as though I am still there ❤️

Love it! From Spain to Cyprus! What about Portugal????

En lisant votre roman, nous sommes allés à Grenade et à l Alhambra. Merci pour cette belle découverte.

Your books a brilliant bravo to you 😘

This was for The Return , one of my favourites.

When we were in Cyprus in 2019 we went to Farmagusta ....eerie seeing those hotels. Next year we're booked for Crete and tip of our list is Spinalonga. It's fab to see places you've read about x

Just read the island and now one August night…. The things I thought were missing from the island are in this wonderful book. Xx

Love your books 🥰

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