Buy Now One August Night The long-awaited sequel to
Victoria's bestselling novel
"The Island"
On Sale Now
Buy Now One August Night The long-awaited sequel to
Victoria's bestselling "The Island"
On Sale: 29th October


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 booksellers and readers!


See all the Times Bestseller lists here (paywalled)


Britain’s Favourite Novel

Victoria was among the contributors to “Britain’s Favourite Novel” on Sunday December 27th on Channel 5 which  explored the nation’s favourite novels as voted for by the public, from Jane Austen to Zadie Smith.

You can watch the catch-up on My5





One August Night

“Fans of The Island will love this Fifties-set sequel which follows some characters in the original blockbuster. […] This dramatic, absorbing and good-natured novel abounds with Greek island atmosphere.”
Wendy Holden, Dail Mail

One August Night is a sequel to Victoria Hislop’s 2005 saga The Island and is set in the Cretan town of Plaka and the offshore leper colony of Spinalonga. The title refers to August 25, 1957. As Plaka’s residents celebrate the closure of Spinalonga after the discovery of a cure for leprosy, a gunshot rings out. The murder victim is the wealthy, glamorous young mother Anna Vandoulakis.

This slender, less sprawling, episodic sequel follows the fallout from that event. Fans of its predecessor, bracing themselves for a bleak British lockdown winter, will appreciate a return to Hislop’s thyme-scented, Aegean-lapped fictional Greece.
Patricia Nicol, Sunday Times

“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

“…while Hislop doesn’t indulge in unnecessary adjectives, she is hot on the unexpected detail that anchors her characters firmly in time and place and it is the strength of her research which gives her novel such credibility. After his flight from Crete, Manilos ends up in Piraeus where he joins a boatyard crew, and Hislop makes us feel the calluses building on his hands as he blowtorches the paint away from the ship’s hull; there is the wonder that Andros feels when he has the first cocktail of his life, a dry martini at the Grande Bretagne Hotel in Athens. The best scene in the book is where Maria uses her status as a one-time leper to confound a prison guard who has sexually assaulted her. Some of the minor characters, such as the vengeful wife who tries to murder Manilos’s friend, Stavros, spring fully formed off the page like Athena from the head of Zeus. […] It is hard to think of any other anglophone writer who are so culturally fluent that they can write about another country’s history without giving unwitting offence.

Daisy Goodwin, Catholic Herald

Victoria in the Media

Victoria Officially Becomes Honorary Citizen of Greece

Victoria was officially sworn-in as a Greek citizen during a ceremony in Athens on Thursday.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Victoria Hislop.

The author in July had been granted the Greek citizenship by Hellenic Republic President Aikaterini Sakellaropoulou for her contribution to the promotion of Greece’s history and traditions through her books. She was officially sworn-in as a Greek citizen at the Interior Ministry by Citizenship Secretary General Athanasios Balerbas. After the ceremony, Victoria Hislop was received at the Maximos Mansion by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis who thanked her for supporting Greece. “I want to thank you for your pure love for Greece, which is reflected in everything you do and write,” Mitsotakis said. He went on to note that the honorary citizenship process is an opportunity to recognize people who are “Greeks at heart”.

On her part, Hislop gave the Prime Minister a copy of her latest book titled “Those who are loved”. She also said that she had been feeling Greek for a long time. “I love Greece with its problems and its difficulties, not only for its beauty. I love everything,” she added. Hislop visits Greece very often and has a second home on the island of Crete. “The Island”, one of her many best-selling novels is set on Spinalonga, an island off the coast of Crete that was Greece’s leper colony for much of the 20th century. The book was adapted by Greece’s Mega Channel as a 26-episode series titled “To Nisi”, which premiered on Greek television in October 2010 and was considered a huge success among viewers and TV critics.

Out now in Paperback: “Those Who Are Loved”

The Sunday Times #1 Bestseller Those Who Are Loved is out in paperback on August 20.

Set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars.

Themis is part of a family bitterly divided by politics and, as a young woman, her fury with those who have collaborated with the Nazis, drives her to fight for the communists.  She is eventually imprisoned on the notorious islands of exile, Makronisos and Trikeri, and has to make a life or death decision. She is proud of having fought, but for the rest of her life is haunted by some of her actions. Forty years after the end of the civil war, she finally achieves catharsis.

‘A beautifully woven love story and a spellbinding, heart-breaking depiction of a country torn apart by hatred’, 
Daily Express

‘Hislop has done her research and handles the great sweep of complex Greek history with skill and confidence. She makes a touching family story out of violent and divisive times and her fans will lap this up’, 
Daily Mail

Buy The Paperback


“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 light rare ingredients used 4,000 years ago and studied ancient methods of preparation.  The results are unique and totally organic.”

You can find out more about them here




Selected Books

Recent News

Victoria Hislop’s Cretan love affair
(from Victoria Hislop is the world’s most popular novelist writing about Greece today, and this summer sees the publication of her latest book Those Who Are Loved. Already topping best-seller lists in the UK, it’s ...
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Five best books about . . . Greece — chosen by Victoria Hislop
(for The Times, July 26 2019) These five books are important works about Greece — fiction and nonfiction — and all of them will help any reader to understand the country in greater depth. Most ...
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Interview with Sloane Square Magazine
Svelte and dressed in black, Victoria Hislop looks healthy and relaxed as she sits at a corner table for afternoon tea. The sun is out, there's a pleasant hubbub in the cafe and for a ...
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Makronissos Island now an area of archaeological interest
The prison island which features in Those Who are Loved has a new status as an area of archaeological interest.  Victoria is very hopeful that this will enable more people to visit Makronisos for themselves ...
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An interview with Victoria Hislop
Following on from the success of The Island, The Sunrise and Cartes Postales from Greece, Victoria Hislop’s latest novel, Those Who Are Loved, is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece in ...
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Modern Greek Literature Through A Translator’s Lens
On January 23, 2019, Victoria Hislop joined Panos Karnezis, Patricia Barbeito, David Ricks, and Roderick Beaton  for a workshop to discuss issues of translating Modern Greek literature: what their work – as authors and academics ...
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