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On the brink of her own life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past. But Sofia has never spoken of it. All she admits to is growing up in a small Cretan village be...

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Excellent

Well drawn charcters and an interesting plot

none in my opinion!

Review of 'The Island' by Victoria Hislop. I am reviewing the paperback format of the novel. It contains 496 pages, ISBN 978-0755309511, was first published 10/04/2006 and the genre classification is Modern Fiction. RRP £7.99 The Island is the first novel from Victoria Hislop. The Plot Alexis...

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Excellent

“The island of no-return”

published 30/05/2006

A gripping and fascinating read

Slightly weak beginning, but perserve past chapter...

I love reading, but in the last few months I've found it hard to find the time or the energy to read anything other than a newspaper or magazine. Then whilst reading the "Metro" on the way to work last month I spotted a review on this book by debut novelist Victoria Hislop. I registered that it...

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Excellent

“Deathly Disease”

published 17/08/2008

fascinating story, good characters

loads of descriptions

The young English woman Alexis plans a trip to Greece with her fiancé which will also include Crete, she asks her mother whether she'd mind her paying a visit to the village where she's from. Her mother Sofia is from Crete, but strangely and incomprehensibly, she's always been reticent about her...

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Good

“Greek Tragedy”

published 27/10/2006

Easy read, fascinating location

unauthentic feel to natives, structure of book

Richard and Judy's book club have selected me another read. This time, Victoria Hislop, the wife of Ian of Private Eye and "Have I Got News For You" fame, authors this book. I believe this is her debut book and has none of the satirical leanings of her husband. If that were what you are expecting...

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Super

Easy to read, inteesting story with lovely setting

Not a lot of action if you want that in the book -...

The Island The version I am reviewing is a paperback published by Headline Book Publishing with 373 pages.This novel is the debut novel of Victoria Hislop, wife of Ian Hislop the editor of Private Eye. Prior to her novel writing she was a travel journalist and both this book and her next novel...

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Excellent

Great read, good ending

Quite a lengthy book

~~The Island~~ This book is based on the Greek Island of Crete and the mysterious Spinalonga which is a small island off the Plaka coast. I live in Cyprus so I thought it would be a nice summer read which I could read on the Greek Cypriot beaches to help the book enlighten me into Greek culture...

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Excellent

“The Island”

published 22/09/2006

Clearly written. Nice progression.

Some tragedy but it all might end in something goo...

At the time I went to spend my Christmas gift book tokens "The Island" was top of the paperback best sellers and that was why I bought it. The bookseller tried to put me off it, he said it was by that Hislop woman who he thought was the wife of some obnoxious T.V. critic. In fact it's by Victoria...

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Good

Good escapism

hackneyed plot, not believable

picked up this book in desparartion at the library having run out of books to read. A friend recommended it so while it isn't normally what I would choose I thought I would give it a go. The story is that of A young woman, Alexis who seeks to discover what her mother has hidden about her family...

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Excellent

Historical knowledge, Beautiful storyline, Vivid C...

Anyone who dislikes history may not enjoy the hist...

I first read 'The Island' when it was first released, and I was still at school. I hugely enjoyed it, although I found that a large amount of the geography within the novel was hard for me to comprehend. I read it over summer and although I hugely enjoyed it, I largely forgot about it. Over...

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Excellent

published 24/06/2008

This is the book that got me back into reading. a very vividly detailed story about a young girls history. From great grandmother, grandma, her sister, the mother and then daughter. two sisters grow up without their mother, as she is on a leper island (and you learn all about her life there) and the daughters hardships, fornication, lust, loyalty, infidelity... totally gripping with a great ending. I wasnt able to put the book down and even gasped when i learned of events within the book. an excellent read with heart, and its not hard reading. lots of pages, but not hard reading. a love story too without all the muck. murder without all the who did it. despair without wanting to fall asleep. highly recommended

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Excellent

A fantastic Read

Only that it is hard to put down !

I noticed that this book was a Richard and Judy Book club summer read and in my experience their book club titles are not always as good as they like to think. However, noticing it was written by Ian Hislop's wife made me intrigued and I decided to buy it. I was not to be disappointed. Set on the...

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Excellent

A thought provoking and entertaining Read

Richard and Judy Book Club tag might put people of...

I picked up this book as I often do with books in my local Tesco just because I liked the front cover. Probably not the greatest method of selected stuff to stimulate the grey matter but thats how I work! This is the story of the island of Spinalonga, the Cretain Leper colony. Everything written...

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Super

“The Island”

published 07/02/2009

Satisfying and invites the reader to feel an array...

Finishing it, I had no other books with me!

Encouraged to read this book by my friend I finally got around to starting it. Reading is a passed time I have always enjoyed. Recently books I have read have disappointed me. With little spare time for reading, I find it frustrating when a book is not satisfying. This book was not one of those...

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Excellent

Very atmosheric - felt as though I was living it w...

Made me cry

I really enjoyed reading this book. My mom and i have very different tastes in books - she prefers Maeve Binchy whereas I'm a bit more adventurous when it comes to looking at the paperback charts in WhSmiths. This book was one that I had bought myself and also received as a Christmas present from...

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