Buy Now One August Night The long-awaited sequel to "The Island"

"A beautifully written story that will enchant the reader.”
Daily Express
Buy Now One August Night The long-awaited sequel to
Victoria's bestselling "The Island"
On Sale: 29th October


The Graham Norton Radio Show

Victoria Hislop  joined the Graham Norton Radio Show to talk about Maria’s Island.



Bologna Author Ambassador

BolognaBookPlus is also introducing an author ambassador programme at this year’s fair, to celebrate authors that bridge the worlds of adult and children’s publishing. This year’s ambassador is Victoria Hislop, who is publishing her first children’s novel, Maria’s Island (Walker Books) in June.

Hislop said she was “thrilled”, adding: “Crossing publishing worlds is an exciting step; I have always been overwhelmed by the generosity of my readers of The Island and beyond. Maria’s Island tackles some difficult themes, but I believe young readers are both curious and open-hearted and I hope they enjoy my first endeavour for them.”

Maria’s Island

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.”


Victoria clutching a copy of Μια νύχτα του Αυγούστου the newly-published Greek translation of “One August Night”

One August Night

Beloved author Victoria Hislop returns to Crete in this long-anticipated sequel to her multi-million-copy Number One bestseller, The Island.

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 and, for the people of Plaka, the closure of Spinalonga is forever coloured with tragedy.

In the aftermath, the question of how to resume life looms large. Stigma and scandal need to be confronted and somehow, for those impacted, a future built from the ruins of the past.

Number one bestselling author Victoria Hislop returns to the world and characters she created in The Island – the award-winning novel that remains one of the biggest selling reading group novels of the century. It is finally time to be reunited with Anna, Maria, Manolis and Andreas in the weeks leading up to the evacuation of the island… and beyond.


“Hislop expertly portrays the warmth of Greece and its people, delving into the long and complicated history of a fascinating country while spinning a family saga that her fans will devour. A beautifully written story that will enchant the reader.”
Daily Express


Victoria in the Media

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Victoria Hislop on "Inheritance Tracks"
Victoria on the BBC's "Inheritance Tracks" discussing songs inherited from her parents and songs she would pass on to her children Featuring Take Five by Dave Brubeck and Pio Poli by Michalis Hatzigiannis ...
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Victoria Hislop talks to Graham Norton about her new book Maria's Island
Victoria Hislop has returned to the islands of Greece for her new book, and her first novel for children, Maria's Island. She joined the Graham Norton Radio Show with Waitrose to chat about how she ...
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Sunday Times Bestsellers 2020

Sunday Times Bestsellers 2020
Sunday Times "Bestsellers of the Year" Thrilled to be in the top ten bestselling hardback novels of 2020. Huge thanks to my publisher, Headline, to my agent, Jonathan Lloyd at Curtis Brown, and to all ...
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“I visited a unique Cretan company today, Biorama, which produces spectacularly beautiful and therapeutic products using organic plants and herbs grown on the hillside outside Agios Nikolaos. In co-operation with archaeologists, they have brought to ...
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Victoria Officially Becomes Honorary Citizen of Greece
Victoria was officially sworn-in as a Greek citizen during a ceremony in Athens on Thursday. The author in July had been granted the Greek citizenship by Hellenic Republic President Aikaterini Sakellaropoulou for her contribution to ...
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The thrilling corners of Greece that inspired Victoria Hislop
Novelist Victoria Hislop has found ‘the storytelling spark’ in Crete, Thessaloniki and the streets of Athens. Who better to ask for an inspirational guide to their highlights? (from The Telegraph, October 27, 2020) Greece has ...
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