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The Island

by Victoria Hislop

An unusual and emotional family story set in Crete against the interesting historical background of leprosy...always with hope and compassion.

Suggested by Pam, West Midlands

Tagged with: absorbing challenging compassionate compassionate, emotional gripping interesting surprising

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Comments

I went to Crete this year so read the book before I went. Visited Spinalonga and walking round the island bought the book back vividly. Excellent story with the descriptions of life on the island and the acommodation they lived in spot on.
Janet
I went to Crete this year so read the book before I went. Visited Spinalonga and walking round the island bought the book back vividly. Excellent story with the descriptions of life on the island and the acommodation they lived in spot on.
Janet
I work in a library and a customer recommended this to me!!!! I found it extremely interesting and have since recommended it to my customers. Sad in parts, and unbelieveable that the story is set in this century yet people were treated as if in the dark ages! Certainly very thought provoking.
Susan Price
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - the storyline, the characters, the way it was written. I've recommended it to several people and they've all loved it. I'm looking forward to her next book, The Return, and am hoping I'm not disappointed.
Ben T, Cambs
When this book was recommended to me I was a bit sceptical about finding the subject matter enjoyable to read but I couldn't put the book down and have subsequently recommended it to everyone I know. I would love to visit the island in question and who knows maybe one day I will.
Mags
I read this for the reading group I belong to. It was an overall success as everyone enjoyed it. I found it an absorbing and very enjoyable book to read, it was well researched and well written, one I would read again.
Jan
I found this a very moving and absorbing story. The characters were believable and their story was told in a compassionate way. I didn't want to put this book down.
Susan, Colchester
I expected this tale to be full of pain and although there was considerable anguish of course, it was written in a gentle and sympathetic way, which educated the reader and enticed you to read on. The comparison of life on the 'Island' with life on the mainland must strike a chord in our everyday lives too!
Hilary Baker
I visited this island a couple of years ago and it intrigued me. I was amazed that it was still being used as a leper colony up to the 1950's. I was delighted to discover that a book had been written based on the island and I found the story very convincing and compassionate
Wirral squirrel
A story with excellent plot and background, written in a very gentle way.
Marje Wirral
 

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