Those Who Are Loved written by Victoria Hislop, publisher Headline Review, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and hardcover format. The hardcover is available to purchase from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.
To buy link (Waterstones): https://bit.ly/2QIzpr7
Athens 1941. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between Right- and Left-wing views when the Germans invade.
Fifteen-year-old Themis comes from a family divided by these political differences. The Nazi occupation deepens the fault-lines between those she loves just as it reduces Greece to destitution. She watches friends die in the ensuing famine and is moved to commit acts of resistance.
In the civil war that follows the end of the occupation, Themis joins the Communist army, where she experiences the extremes of love and hatred and the paradoxes presented by a war in which Greek fights Greek.
Eventually imprisoned on the infamous islands of exile, Makronisos and then Trikeri, Themis encounters another prisoner whose life will entwine with her own in ways neither can foresee. And finds she must weigh her principles against her desire to escape and live.
As she looks back on her life, Themis realises how tightly the personal and political can become entangled. While some wounds heal, others deepen.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Victoria Hislop’s latest novel: Those Who Are Loved. This is my first introduction to Victoria Hislop’s work and it was a privilege and pleasure to experience her writing for the first time.
Victoria Hislop has written a frank, honest story about one young woman’s life growing up in Greece during a time of civil unrest which also coincided with the WWII conflict. Themis was a young girl when life in her beloved Athens became very surreal, what the Greeks knew and loved of their heritage and culture was to be shattered as a political uprising was brewing. With four siblings in one small apartment, all with differing views of their own caused much family friction. To keep harmony at home Themis was to start clandestine apartments to honour and upheld her own beliefs. However, danger was soon brought to their homeland and survival was to become a desperate game.
Themis had to make a difficult decision regarding her involvement with her political beliefs and whatever step she would take next would be the catalyst for her future.
Victoria Hislop’s writing was very authentic and she wasn’t afraid to reveal the true, barbaric nature of the civil atrocities. I wasn’t aware of this momentous historical event in Greece’s past and it was quite shocking at times to read. The author has brought to life the history of a country filled with so much unrest. Those Who Are Loved is also a poignant family saga depicting life and how conflict divided the loyalties of not just one household but many across the country. I was equally fascinated and appalled by what the Greeks had to endure. A story of bravery filled with a strong sense of belief, courage and optimism.
About the Author
Inspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony, Victoria Hislop wrote The Island in 2005. It became an international bestseller and a 26-part Greek TV series. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards and is now an ambassador for Lepra. The Island has sold over 1.2million copies in the UK and more than 5 million worldwide.
Her affection for the Mediterranean then took her to Spain, which inspired her second bestseller The Return, and she returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki in The Thread, shortlisted for a British Book Award and confirming her reputation as an inspirational storyteller. It was followed by her much-admired Greece-set short story collection, The Last Dance and Other Stories. The Sunrise, a Sunday Times Number One bestseller about the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, was published to widespread acclaim in 2014. Victoria’s most recent book, Cartes Postales from Greece was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller and one of the Top Ten biggest selling paperbacks of 2017. Her novels have sold 10 million copies worldwide.