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The Return Hardcover – 26 Jun 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; First Edition edition (26 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755332938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755332939
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 24.1 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (635 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

'At last - a beach book with a heart' (Observer)

'The Return may be a beach book, but it goes inland and rummages around in the cellars' (The Times)

'Fear not, Hislop fans, there was more where [The Island] came from... The story of the Spanish Civil War is...executed with verve and sensitivity' (Sunday Telegraph )

'A compelling story that has rarely left the bestseller list this year and deservedly so' (Sunday Express)

'[The Return] should be required holiday reading for anyone going to Spain this year' (Daily Mail)

'The Return aims to open the eyes, and tug the heartstrings, of readers who mostly won't have read Orwell, let alone Cercas... These days, the battle of historical memory against forgetting has to be fought on many fronts. Hislop deserves a medal for opening a breach into the holiday beach bag' (Independent)

'Hislop somehow manages to capture the chaos and disintegration of Spain during the violence of the Thirties and Forties in a dramatic, immediate way... keeps you reading at breakneck speed right to the end' (Sunday Express)

'The queen of the intelligent beach read' (Sunday Express)

'Meticulously researched historical narrative and imaginative storytelling...brings home the hardships of war in a way no history book ever could' (Telegraph)

'The descriptions of war-ravaged Spain, of hand-to-hand fighting, bombardment of civilians, brutal atrocities by both sides and Europe's cold reception of refugees are very powerful' (Guardian)

'Hislop carefully choreographs her way from a long-distance fascination with Spain to a novel about domestic experiences in the Civil War. And beyond the kitsch of tourists learning flamenco is a serious critique of Spanish dancing in an account that manages, for all the high feelings, to stay just the right side of sentimentality... Though she writes to entertain, her depth of research is frequently harrowing' (Spectator )

'A vivid portrait of a country in upheaval. The Return has all the right ingredients for an epic beach read: there's sibling rivalry, thwarted love and an exotic Mediterranean setting. The moral of the story is that you cannot escape from your past' (Tatler)

'Hislop wraps another British innocent-abroad envelope around a meaty - and moving - slice of modern history' (Independent)

'Hislop has followed her first book The Island with another sun-warmed novel, this time set in Spain...all told in a clear compelling narrative' (Harper's Bazaar)

'Like a literary Nigella, she whips up a cracking historical romance mixed with a dash of family secrets and a splash of female self-discovery... What sets Hislop apart is her ability to put a human face on the shocking civil conflict that ripped Spain apart for three bloody years between 1936 and 1939... Stirring stuff' (Time Out)

'Hislop brilliantly recreates the passion that flows through the Andalusian dancers and the dark creative force of duende...Some of the most memorable scenes describe the way that...this passionate art form could offer the audience a cathartic release in the midst of such tragic events... Hislop has written another worthy candidate for the "best holiday read" category, although the story will cast a shadow over the light-hearted atmosphere on the beaches of southern Spain' (Scotland on Sunday)

'[Hislop's] fans will not be disappointed by The Return' (Choice magazine)

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

'A sobering history lesson lightened by romance' (Eve)

Captivating and deeply moving' (Look)

Brilliant' (Mirror)

'A gripping read' (Woman & Home)

'Packed with family drama and doomed love affairs, anyone looking for an absorbing beach read won't be disappointed' (Psychologies)

'[An] interesting novel by a talented writer' (Scotsman Critique)

'A blockbuster of flamenco, passion and politics set in 1930s Spain' (Red)

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

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I usually love Victoria's books, but I am finding this one very heavy going. I hated the description of the bull fighting, so I skipped most of that part as I found it upsetting (but it got worse). Normally, her books have a wonderful uplifting element to counteract the sadness of human misery, but I am over half way through the book and have not been uplifted yet. I will persevere and read it to the end, but I cannot say that I am enjoying it. Maybe the second half will be better? Well, I have now finished the book and I have not really changed my opinion of it, it was so grim! Whilst the facts of the civil war were probably excellently researched and well-written, I thought that the background family storyline was very unlikely and far-fetched. I read for pleasure, to be entertained, this was more like a dismal documentary.
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Very interesting snd engrossingstory. I found some of the historical detail a bit long winded but it certainly educated me about the Spanish Civil War
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I didn't think much of this book at first as it seemed a bit trashy and naive, but as the book developed into Part 2 it became more interesting and meaningful. I enjoyed reading the Spanish words, and I have become much better informed about the Spanish Civil War from reading this book.
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This is an easy read but I was slightly disappointed. Felt each section "went on" a bit too much. Far preferred "The Island". However, it is a good read for planes, boats and planes!
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Extremely well written and memorable book. As well as a good story I also learnt a lot about the region and its history.
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Thoroughly en joyed the story and the history of war torn Granada and surroundings - satisfying ending.
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Chose this book as I love Victoria Hislop's works and was not disappointed. Fragmented family within a fragmented country trying to survive s civil was......Brings home the horrors that are are happening today in Syria and the sacrifice they have to make,
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as usual another wonderful book, full of historical facts and a super story, from Victoria Hislop.
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