- Written by: Victoria Hislop
- Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
- Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
- Audible Ratings: 4.30 (199 ratings)
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