A master at evoking a sense of place
Heartbreaking... A fascinating insight into a part of Mediterranean history that isn't often explored
Praise for Victoria Hislop: 'A sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious saga that wrestles with the turbulence of the period Hislop covers...All those who loved The Island, her hugely successful first novel, will fall on it'
Fascinating and moving... Hislop writes unforgettably about Cyprus and its people
Hislop's writing effectively weaves the personal into the political without ever becoming overbearing. An informative but equally emotional read
'Hislop's fast-paced narrative and utterly convincing sense of place make her novel a rare treat'
'This is storytelling at its best and just like a tapestry, when each thread is sewn into place, so emerge the layers and history of relationships past and present'
'Vibrant... Hislop brings history to life in this compelling tale'
An absorbing tale about family, friendship, loyalty and betrayal, set during a violent period in the history of Cyprus
'Some beautiful writing about a difficult period in time makes for a great read'
Intelligent and immersive... Hislop's incisive narrative weaves a vast array of fact through a poignant, compelling family saga
An imaginative tour de force, and a great read
Hislop brings her consummate storytelling skills to this enthralling tale of love, marriage and a community all put to the test
One of the best things about this novel is the way Hislop depicts the growing teamwork, love, respect, and trust which two families of opposite persuasions manage to establish... Hislop hasn't of course been into Famagusta - no one may, even now - but has stood near the barbed wire and imagined what life was like there, then and now, with her usual gift for presenting bits of history most of us are unfamiliar with from a fictional point of view
Adroitly plotted and deftly characterised, Hislop's gripping novel tells the stories of ordinary Greek and Turkish families trying to preserve their humanity in a maelstrom of deception, betrayal and ethnic hatred