One August night
After many thousands of years, a cure for leprosy has finally been found. On 25th August 1957, a great celebration is held in Plaka to celebrate the closure of Spinalonga, a night which marks the beginning of liberation for the hundreds of sick who have been imprisoned there. But a cataclysmic event that same night turns it into a very different occasion. For some, it will mean a lifelong loss of liberty.
‘A return to Hislop’s thyme-scented, Aegean-lapped fictional Greece’ The Sunday Times
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.
Discover for yourself why ten million readers worldwide love the novels of Victoria Hislop…
‘This dramatic, absorbing and good-natured novel abounds Greek Island atmosphere’
Daily Mail on One August Night
‘Immersive storytelling sweeps you along’
Mail on Sunday on One August Night
‘A dramatic story of love, betrayal and allegiances . . . Hislop evokes Greece beautifully’
Woman & Home on One August Night
‘Hislop’s love for Greece shines through this wonderfully descriptive and compelling tale’
Sunday Express on One August Night
‘This love letter to Greece will sweep you away to another time and place’
The Sunday Mirror on One August Night
‘Hislop expertly delves into the complex history of a fascinating country in this beautifully written family saga’
Daily Mirror on One August Night
‘Compelling and moving, this is a real page turner’
Woman’s Weekly on One August Night
‘The descriptions of Greece leave you feeling like you’re right there’
Good Housekeeping on One August Night
‘A beautifully written story that will enchant the reader’