The Island

Books — By on November 9, 2011 at 11:33 PM

It was indeed a midsummer night’s dream the day discussing the writing of Victoria Hislop’s best seller, “The Island” in London’s Hellenic Centre.

On the brink of a life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding longs to find out more about her mother’s past. But Sofia has never spoken of it. All she admits to it is growing up in a small Cretan Village before moving to London. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however, Sofia gives her daughter  letter to take to an old friend, and promises that through her she will learn more. Arriving in Plaka, Alexis is astonished to see that it lies a stone’s throw from the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga – Greece’s former leper colony. Then she finds Fotini, and at last
hears the story that Sofia has buried all her life: the tale of her great-grandmother Eleni and her daughters, and a family rent by tragedy, war and passion. She discovers how intimately she is connected with the island, and how secrecy holds them all in its powerful grip…

As the Sunday Express notes: “A page-turning tale that reminds us that love and
life continue in even the most extraordinary of circumstances”.

After the presentation, a reception took place at the great hall with lovely greek
wine and traditional dips where we had the chance to exchange views with the book’s
faithful. Amongst them… Victoria’s husband Ian, famous too as a journalist,
satirist, comedian, writer and broadcaster who was really happily surprised by the audience applauded his wife. Tell us your view.

FIN

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