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Victoria Hislop

 

Her first novel, The Island  (Catalogue no.7454) published by Headline Review held the number 1 slot in the paperback charts for eight consecutive weeks and sold over a million copies in the UK. It has been translated into 24 languages and has been a bestseller in many countries including Greece, Israel, Norway and even China.  

Passing up on offers from Hollywood studios, Victoria sold rights for the book to Greek television and the resulting 26-part television series has been the most successful television event in Greek history.

Victoria's second novel The Return (8178) published by Headline Review was also a bestseller and has been published in over 20 languages.  Her third novel, The Thread, which returns to Greece with Thessaloniki as its setting, will be published in November 2011.

Victoria says: "I hope Calibre audio library members enjoy listening to my books - it's often good to be transported to another place in your imagination, and as most of my work is set in foreign places, they will take you to other countries too."

Her other books include: Sink or Swim: The Self-help Book for Men Who Never Read Them (2002) written with Duncan Goodhew.

In 2009, she donated the short story Aflame in Athens to Oxfam's Ox-Tales project:  four volumes of stories written by 38 authors including Jeanette Winterson and Mark Haddon.

She lives in Kent, with her husband Ian and their two children.