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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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.”


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


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Victoria says, “The landscape and character of Greece have a huge impact on my work. For me, Greece is inspirational, perhaps because it is so very different from the place of my birth and, as a foreigner, I find things interesting here that local people don’t even notice.” ... See MoreSee Less

Victoria says, “The landscape and character of Greece have a huge impact on my work. For me, Greece is inspirational, perhaps because it is so very different from the place of my birth and, as a foreigner, I find things interesting here that local people don’t even notice.”

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Loved your books & every time we go to Elounda, l'm drawn to Spinalonga which is always in the eye line, never get tired of going!

Same for me too... Being Greek is not a nationality it is a feeling of the soul ❤️. Thank you for your novels , I have read all of them .

Started reading One August Night whilst on holiday in Plaka very recently. Visited Spinalonga after a 25yr hiatus as well

Love your novels so much 🤗

Same.

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Within only two decades, from 1923 to 1943, Thessaloniki was transformed from being a city with three equal sections of population (Christians, Muslims and Jews) to being only Christians. Learning about the story of this Population Exchange led Victoria to write her novel THE THREAD.

Victoria says: “The hardships that followed also drew me in and before long I had realized that there is a connection that links the events of those times with the situation of the present day.”
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Within only two decades, from 1923 to 1943, Thessaloniki was transformed from being a city with three equal sections of population (Christians, Muslims and Jews) to being only Christians. Learning about the story of this Population Exchange led Victoria to write her novel THE THREAD. 

Victoria says: “The hardships that followed also drew me in and before long I had realized that there is a connection that links the events of those times with the situation of the present day.”

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I have read the book three times and could keep on reading it. I love the history, it has educated me to read on and find out more about the struggles the people of Greece had through those dark days . I have read all of Victoria’s books . An inspirational writer who inspires others to learn more.

I read The Thread and I absolutely loved it. Full of History and a brilliant story. I have read all of Victoria's book and I must say this was my favourite.

My husband is born in the UK from Greek immigrant parents. We can speak Greek, often eat Greek food but we know so little about Greek history. Through Victoria’s books we are educating ourselves as well as that they are brilliant stories. Thank you Victoria.👍🇬🇷💕

My city! My family is one of the oldest ones in Thessaloniki If you need any further information please let me know.

I loved THE THREAD! I read it here in Ireland. Sent it to a friend in the States. She passed it on to 2 other friends. We all loved it!

I have learned so much from Victoria's books - they encapsulate how, all over the world, communities are torn apart through no fault of their own!

I too loved this book. It was so heartwarming to read of the friendship and harmony between Jews, Christians and Muslims at the Pusey if the book, but tragic how that was all smashed to pieces by unnecessary conflict. 😢

This and The Return are IMO the best of Ms Hislops well researched and engaging stories.

Interesting inside to the struggles of The Hellenic Nation and love the history

Yet another brilliant book from you!! Learning more about Greece as well.

I have read The Return and have just finished The Island. Reading the comments here I think The Thread should be next on my list 🙂

Συχαριστώ που μίλησες στην καρδιά μας once again. @Victoria Hislop I must one day meet with you,hopefully.

Uma história trágica, mas com uma bela narração.

My favorite book of ALL TIME, Thank you Victoria for this Treasure ❣

An amazing book. Reading this encouraged me to visit Thessaloniki what a wonderful city full of history. Love all.of Victoria's books .

My favorite of Victoria s

I read this book twice, once when it first came out, then 2 years later, it just draws you in and you can’t put it down , I love all Victoria’s books They are brilliant, and all have so much content. I wish I hadn’t given them away after the second time of reading I’d very happily read them again ,

Loved this book

My favourite book of yours

Loved reading this book.

How timely, literally picked thus up from the bookshelf this afternoon to reread. Thank you so much Victoria Hislop xxx

Amazing book 😍

Fabulous read x

I will always adore the Island because it was my first introduction to your amazing 📚, but The Thread is my absolute favourite 💖

The Thread and The Return are my favourites

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