About Victoria

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Victoria Hislop read English at Oxford, and worked in publishing, PR and as a journalist before becoming a novelist. She is married with two children.

Her first novel, The Island, held the number one slot in the Sunday Times paperback charts for eight consecutive weeks and has sold over two million copies worldwide. Victoria was the Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007 and won the Richard & Judy Summer Read competition.Victoria acted as script consultant on the 26-part adaptation of The Island in Greece, which achieved record ratings for Greek television.

Her second novel, The Return, set against the tempestuous backdrop of the Spanish Civil war was also a Number One bestseller. She returned to Greece for her third novel, The Thread, taking as her backdrop the troubled history of the city of Thessaloniki in a story that spans almost a century, beginning with the Great Thessaloniki Fire of 1917. Her short story collection, The Last Dance and other Stories, was widely acclaimed.

In 2014, she published The Sunrise, a turbulent family saga set in Cyprus after the Turkish invasion of 1974 which would leave the glamorous resort town of Famagusta a ruin ringed by barbed wire for decades to come.

Her most recent novel, Those Who Are Loved, will be published in May 2019

Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages.

Selected Interviews

“I was unashamedly a swot”

"I was unashamedly a swot"
When people talk about school being the happiest time of their lives, I utterly subscribe to that. I am the ...
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Victoria Hislop on “Inheritance Tracks”

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 ...
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Victoria Hislop talks to Graham Norton about her new book Maria’s Island

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 ...
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Interview with Sloane Square Magazine

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 ...
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