The Island by Victoria Hislop

The Island

Victoria Hislop

The very real fear of leprosy and leper colonies and the secrecy which surrounded those who contracted it permeates this novel of the life and loves of a Cretan family from the 1930s onwards. An easy read and an engrossing family tale.

Extract

As Eleni approached the jetty, the crowd remained silent. One child cried, but was hushed by its mother. One false emotional move and these grieving people would lose their composure. The control, the formality would be gone and the dignity of this farewell would be no more. Though the few hundred metres had seemed an impossible distance, Eleni's walk to the jetty was nearly over, and she turned round to look at the throng for the last time.

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