The Island

The Island

Book - 2006
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The Island is the million-copy No.1 bestseller and winner of Richard & Judy's Summer Read 2006 from Victoria Hislop. From the thirties to the present day, it is a tale of four generations rent by war, illicit love, violence and leprosy.

***A beautiful 10th anniversary paperback edition that includes a new essay by Victoria Hislop on the impact of this million-copy bestseller.***

This was not the start of a short trip to deliver supplies. It was the beginning of a one-way journey to start a new life. Life on a leper colony. Life on Spinalonga.

Fifty years later, making a life-changing journey of her own, Alexis Fielding feels the pull of the abandoned island. A distant shadow off the coast of Crete, she knows it holds the secrets to her mother's past, buried for so long but surely not forgotten . . .

Acclaim for The Island :

'Passionately engaged with its subject . . . meticulously researched' The Sunday Times

'Hislop carefully evokes the lives of Cretans between the wars and during German occupation, but most commendable is her compassionate portrayal of the outcasts' Guardian

'Vivid, moving and absorbing' Observer

Publisher: Anstey, Eng. : Thorpe, 2006, c2005.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780755309511
Characteristics: 526 p. ;,24 cm.


From Library Staff

Off the coast of Crete is a tiny island. By the time Elena Petrakis visits, it's abandoned. But years earlier, when her ancestors lived there, the island had been a leper colony — and, as she'll learn on her trip, her family has a major connection to this (very real) place, Spinalonga.

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Dec 19, 2018

Victoria Hislop is my favorite writer so far, and her books are gloomy and amiable at the same time. The Island is her maiden work and it amazed me so much that I still think about it from time to time. The book consists of several stories carried on by three generations in one family, all related to leprosy somehow. Just like Victoria’s other books, The Island doesn’t have descriptions of anything big, remarkable or extraordinary. Instead, it is the closeness to life and simplicity in her words that give me a deep understanding of the characters and make me resonate with them. For me, The Island is a sad song, a dark chapter of the fight against disease, but also a paean of determination and forgiveness, a monument of the love in humanity. 5/5 Stars. @Vayne of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Feb 08, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed this, and learned a few things at the same time!

May 10, 2013

Victoria deserves every award she has received for her books. Loved this saga of several generations, could not put it down, became so involved with their lives, thoughtfully developed plot, real people, well researched history.

Nov 21, 2011

I believe that this is what people talk about when they say "beach read' enjoyed the book. Had a nice pace, and a nice story with a good amount of secrets unearthed to keep you interested. Not a huge fan of the ending, but a nice read anyway.

Aug 30, 2010

I found the first 56 - 60 pages slow but then the book became very enjoyable. I was sorry to finish it, wish it kept going.

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