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The Island Paperback – 10 Apr 2006
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'Adding depth and colour to the story is the description of Cretan life... in particular, the vividly detailed account of life on Spinalonga... It is one of the achievements of this thoughtful novel that it presents the lives of the island's inhabitants with such empathy. The result is a fascinating work that combines a moving love story witha plea for more understanding about this most cruel of diseases' (The Times)
At last - a beach book with a heart... Meticulous research into Cretan culture...packed with family sagas, doomed love affairs, devastating secrets... She also forces us to reflect on illness, both the nasty, narrow-mindedness of the healthy and the spirit of survival in the so-called "unclean". Her message seems as relevant today as it would have been a century ago (Observer)
'This is a vivid, moving and absorbing tale, with its sensitive, realistic engagement with all the consequences of, and stigma attached to leprosy, elevating it beyond holiday literature' (Observer)
'War, tragedy and passion unfurl against a Mediterranean backdrop in this engrossing debut novel' You magazine (You magazine)
'Gently gripping tale' (Scotsman on Sunday)
'Brings dignity and tenderness to her novel' (Telegraph)
'A promising debut' Grazia magazine (Grazia)
'A page-turning tale that reminds us that love and life continue in even the most extraordinary of circumstances' Sunday Express (Sunday Express)
'Hislop's deep research, imagination and patent love of Crete creates a convincing portrait of times on the island... A moving and absorbing holiday read' (Evening Standard)
'Passionately engaged with its subject...the author has meticulously researched her fascinating background and medical facts' (The Sunday Times)
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It is not very informative in the medical sense, but a lovely story of love - romantic and family love, as well as the love of doctors for their patients and their chosen field. I enjoyed it immensely - both crying and feeling elated by the strength and bravery of the inhabitants of The Island, and those who love them.
Alexis Fielding is on a mission to discover more of her mother’s past. Her journey starts in Greece, more specifically on the former leper colony near Crete – the island of Spinalonga, and from here her great-grandmother’s tragic story unfolds...
Overall I found this novel interesting and the storyline is certainly different, but somehow, I just didn’t fully engage with the characters and the story didn’t flow as well as it could.