Slide 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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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.


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Victoria and Τηλέμαχος Φάτσης dance the Quickstep on Star TV’s “Dancing with the Stars”

 


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


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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2 days ago

In Greece you can rediscover simplicity and the joy of the pared down. As Victoria says, “Each summer, for 30 years or more, I have come across somewhere new, often by taking a wrong turning.” ... See MoreSee Less

In Greece you can rediscover simplicity and the joy of the pared down. As Victoria says, “Each summer, for 30 years or more, I have come across somewhere new, often by taking a wrong turning.”

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Same here & still finding new places on the small island that we spend half our retirement time.

Loved your book called The Sunrise more history I knew nothing about.

It’s the same in Cyprus ♥️

6 days ago

"I rarely relax in Athens – I find it has an energy that doesn’t let me. To take exercise when I am there, I try to walk as much as I can – usually I move faster than the slow-moving cars!"

In case you missed it, Victoria spoke to Greece Is about how the country continues to inspire her. Read more at tinyurl.com/yc5mv856.
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I rarely relax in Athens – I find it has an energy that doesn’t let me. To take exercise when I am there, I try to walk as much as I can – usually I move faster than the slow-moving cars!

In case you missed it, Victoria spoke to Greece Is about how the country continues to inspire her. Read more at https://tinyurl.com/yc5mv856.

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Athens has a wonderful vibe and the coast allows us to unwind at the beautiful nearby beaches .

I find it hard to relax anywhere in Greece, I'd rather explore 💙🇬🇷

Σ αγαπάμε👏👏

Gorgeous ❤️❤️

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1 week ago

If you’re an aspiring writer, something that works for Victoria is total immersion: spending as much time as possible in the place she is writing about . . .

Victoria says, “To soak in the atmosphere, take in the detail of the buildings, where one street is in relation to the centre and distances between one part of the city and the other. And of course there are smells and sounds too.”
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If you’re an aspiring writer, something that works for Victoria is total immersion: spending as much time as possible in the place she is writing about . . . 

Victoria says, “To soak in the atmosphere, take in the detail of the buildings, where one street is in relation to the centre and distances between one part of the city and the other. And of course there are smells and sounds too.”
2 weeks ago

"This is my first read form Victoria Hislop and I was deeply touched by the story. Looking forward to read more of her books."

Thanks Yogitha [@books_through_my_eyes] for sharing your lovely review of The Island on Instagram.
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This is my first read form Victoria Hislop and I was deeply touched by the story. Looking forward to read more of her books. 

Thanks Yogitha [@books_through_my_eyes] for sharing your lovely review of The Island on Instagram.

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I've read all of Victoria's books. I absolutely loved everyone of them. Victoria Hislop is a fantastic story teller. I am eagerly awaiting her next novel

Loved all her books except the short story one . Enjoying Anna G2s book SPINALONA the true story . Looking forward to" One August night "Victoria's latest . 😃xx

My favourite book!!! And after it, the thread!!! Absolutely loved !!! Thank you Victoria for travelling !!!

Amazing book, read it twice and finally got to visit Spinalonga a couple of weeks ago

I have just read 'Those who are loved' and will be revisiting 'The Island' before reading 'One August night'. Love your books. Have read most of them up to now!

Love all her books

I loved this book, it is my favourite novel

Love this book. I've read it twice. 😁. I finished reading The Return the other week and loved that too. X

I loved it too,one of my favourite books,also the sequel

Reading The Island for the 3rd time as we are off to Crete again this summer and another visit to Spinalonga. I cant wait 🌞

Amazing book!!!! With so many details about the island, I felt like I was actually living on it.

My absolute favourite book. I read this and decided I had to go to crete for my honeymoon. I remember even emailing #victoriahislop and getting an email back in return x

Loved this book!

The best book ever! Don’t know how many times I’ve read it or visited Spinalonga!! Love it!❤️

Fabulous book 📖 Fabulous author ✍️

Amazing writer, love your books, love Crete, thank you Victoria Hislop

I have read all her books, loved them all. Especially "The Island"

The best story ever ❤ All of #victoriahislop books are my favorites ❤

Loved The Island, The Return and Sunrise. Well loved all Victoria Books, but the three named of particular poignancy

Love this book and have read "one night in August"

What an amazing book, couldn’t put it down when I read it

Loved that book

One of my very favourite books. ❤️

OMG My Absolutely Favourite Book 📖 Enjoy 😊

Love this book🥰

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2 weeks ago

Location is really important to Victoria and it becomes the central character in her books. Victoria says: "Spinalonga is a character for me. Famagusta, Makronisos, Thessaloniki… a place grabs me and its story is there, somewhere in the walls, in the atmosphere." ... See MoreSee Less

Location is really important to Victoria and it becomes the central character in her books. Victoria says: Spinalonga is a character for me. Famagusta, Makronisos, Thessaloniki… a place grabs me and its story is there, somewhere in the walls, in the atmosphere.

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It’s a pitty this book is not available for the e-reader. Will this be available soon? I would really love to read it.

Love the way you see things 🥰

3 weeks ago

Victoria's tip for aspiring writers: "I would urge any young writer to keep their idea close and save all the story-telling energy for the page." ... See MoreSee Less

Victorias tip for aspiring writers: I would urge any young writer to keep their idea close and save all the story-telling energy for the page.

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Can’t wait for another book Victoria. I have terrible withdrawal symptoms as I’ve been unable to go to a Greek island since Thassos 15 years ago. Your books take me back to the magical islands of that country.

Just finished your book One August Night. I really loved reading it. Afcourse I read The Island first. We have a house at Kythira. I can’t wait to visit Spinalonga. I really enjoy reading all your books. Keep writing 💪🍀🥂💐🙋‍♀️

…and the older writer 🤩

Watching out for your latest book Victoria

Nice photo Victoria !!! Keep writing and smiling !!!

Happy birthday to you Victoria.❤️💋❤️💋❤️❤️💋❤️💋❤️💋❤️💋❤️💋❤️💋❤️💋

Οκκκκ👏👏👏

Hi there. Living in Brussels and reading all your books translated (lazy me 🙄) and in Pocket Format because of arthritis, BUT right now in Kefalonia for 3 weeks and then eager to go back to your reading 💙👏💙❣

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