One August Night will be published on 29 October 2020 and will reunite readers with Anna, Maria, Manoli and Andreas in the weeks leading up to the evacuation of Spinalonga, and through its aftermath.
The new novel begins on 25 August 1957, a night of a great celebration in Plaka as they mark the closure of the leper colony which sits across the bay: Spinalonga. A cure has been found, and the residents of the island are finally free to return to their families and lives.
But a tragic and violent event turns the night upside down; as some are given their liberty, others are condemned to lose theirs. Those who remain must face unthinkable loss, and rebuild the lives they thought they knew.
The Island spent 25 weeks in the Sunday Times best-seller list and went on to sell over five million copies worldwide as well as being made into a hugely successful 26-part Greek TV series.
Victoria Hislop said, "Travelling back in my imagination to revisit Spinalonga, a place where people lived in isolation with an incurable disease, seemed a very natural thing to do during lockdown – not least because the cure for the disease was found! But what has really kept my mind focussed during these past months has been to re-imagine some of the characters in that period after the closure of the leper colony. These are the characters who are profoundly affected by the events that unfold as The Island draws to its conclusion and, for all of them, it brings the need for renewal, catharsis and the beginning of very different lives."
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