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The Island

The Island

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
A Richard and Judy Summer Read selection.

Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother’s past, but Sofia has never spoken of it. She only admits to growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however, Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend and promises that, through her, she will learn more.

Arriving in Plaka, Alexis learns that it lies a stone’s throw from the deserted island of Spinalonga – Greece’s former leper colony. She finds her mother’s friend, Fortini, and 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. And she discovers how secrecy holds them all in its powerful grip.

©2005 Victoria Hislop; (P)2006 Headline Audiobooks

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