The Return

The Return : The 'captivating and deeply moving' Number One bestseller

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'Aims to open the eyes and tug the heartstrings' Independent

An atmospheric, vibrant and moving tale of pain and passion at the heart of war-torn Spain from Victoria Hislop, the million-copy bestselling author of The Island.

Beneath the majestic towers of the Alhambra, Granada's cobbled streets resonate with music and secrets. Sonia Cameron knows nothing of the city's shocking past; she is here to dance. But in a quiet cafe, a chance conversation and an intriguing collection of old photographs draw her into the extraordinary tale of Spain's devastating civil war.

Seventy years earlier, the cafe is home to the close-knit Ramirez family. In 1936, an army coup led by Franco shatters the country's fragile peace, and in the heart of Granada the family witnesses the worst atrocities of conflict. Divided by politics and tragedy, everyone must take a side, fighting a personal battle as Spain rips itself apart.

Praise for The Return. . .

'Hislop deserves a medal for opening a breach into the holiday beach bag'
Independent

'Captivating and deeply moving'
Look

'Hislop marries an epic family saga with meticulous historical research, and it's a captivating partnership'
Easy Living

'Executed with verve and sensitivity'
Sunday Telegraph
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Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 132 x 196 x 39mm | 404g
  • Headline Review
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Map
  • 0755332954
  • 9780755332953
  • 101,197

Review quote

'A well-researched and meaty follow-up to The Island' * The Times * 'THE RETURN may be a beach book, but it goes inland and rummages around in the cellars' * The Times * 'Aims to open the eyes, and tug the heartstrings, of readers... Hislop deserves a medal for opening a breach into the holiday beach bag' * Independent * 'Like a literary Nigella, she whips up a cracking historical romance with a dash of family secrets and a splash of female self-discovery' * Time Out * 'Meticulously researched historical narrative and imaginative storytelling' * Telegraph * 'Powerful stuff' * Daily Mail * 'Excellent' * Sunday Telegraph *
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About Victoria Hislop

Inspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony, Victoria Hislop wrote The Island in 2005. It became an international bestseller, has sold more than six million copies and was turned into 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. Her affection for the Mediterranean then took her to Spain, and in the number one bestseller The Return she wrote about the painful secrets of its civil war. In The Thread, Victoria returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki and its people across the twentieth century. Shortlisted for a British Book Award, it confirmed her reputation as an inspirational storyteller.

Her fourth novel, The Sunrise, about the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and the enduring ghost town of Famagusta, was a Sunday Times number one bestseller. Cartes Postales from Greece, fiction illustrated with photographs, followed and was one of the biggest selling books of 2016. The poignant and powerful Those Who Are Loved was a Sunday Times number one hardback bestseller in 2019 and explores a tempestuous period of modern Greek history through the eyes of a complex and compelling heroine. Victoria's most recent novel, One August Night, returns to Crete in the long-anticipated sequel to The Island. The novel spent twelve weeks in the Top 10 hardback fiction charts.

Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.

Victoria divides her time between England and Greece and in 2020, Victoria was granted honorary citizenship by the President of Greece. She was recently appointed patron of Knossos 2025, which is raising funds for a new research centre at one of Greece's most significant archaeological sites. She is also on the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles.
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Rating details

10,993 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 30% (3,295)
4 37% (4,068)
3 24% (2,642)
2 7% (767)
1 2% (221)
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