VICTORIA HISLOP AT LOWDHAM BOOK FESTIVAL 2019

VICTORIA HISLOP AT LOWDHAM BOOK FESTIVAL 2019

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Tuesday 11th June 2019

 

Last week we kicked off our Lowdham Book Festival Season (the 20th Year of the Lowdham Book Festival) by going to see Victoria Hislop talking about her new book “Those Who Are Loved”  (published by Headline) to Anne Zouroudi. Those Who Are Loved had last week, in its first week of publication thundered straight into the Original Fiction number one slot which I was pleased about.

 

The book is set in Greece around 1941 and she has researched the history of Greece in that period covering World War II very intensely both before and for the 10+ years afterwards and in particularly the political situation. She has spent a lot of time in Greece doing research for the book and is very passionate about writing and about Greece. That is why her books are so successful.

 

Victoria Hislop had her first successful novel published in 2005. A key year for her getting her first major book published on 5th June 2005. (It was a key year for me too I had my stroke on 18th May 2005). Listed below are all her books and she has sold in excess of 10 million books.

 

She talked a lot about Greek politics and her love of the beauty of Greece. Anne Zouroudi also spoke of her love for Greece as her ex husband was Greek and she lived in Greece for ten years or so. Anne Zouroudi is the author of the bestselling Greek Detective series.

 

Victoria Hislop did an amazing job in her talk. She was so interesting that she held my attention throughout. Yet I am politically neutral and find politics a waste of time. I have never been to Greece and always passed it off as a bit sugary, influenced totally by Mama Mia.

 

But Victoria Hislop convinced me that Greece is a beautiful place worthy of a visit, as did Anne Zouroudi. They both should be given honorary positions at the Greek Tourist Board. I came away with a visit to Greece having gone from nowhere to No.1 on my bucket list.

 

I loved Victoria Hislop as a person, a talker and a writer. She inspired me so much.  I admire so much her passion and all the research and hard work she puts into her writing,

 

Her short stories look amazing and I have enthusiastically added them to my reading list.

 

The afternoon fished far too soon as Victoria Hislop moved on to a similar scheduled talk in Derby. I asked my wife if she had been tempted to ask a question (we have this thing about question snobs at these literary events) “Yes” she said “I wanted to ask her where she got her shoes from. They were beautiful.” So they were, even I noticed that!

 

All in all a very inspirational afternoon. I think this is going to be an excellent Lowdham Book Festival.

 

THOSE WHO ARE LOVED

by Victoria Hislop

 

‘Victoria Hislop’s view of history in her novels is, like the writer herself, a compassionate and generous one’ Scotsman

 

The gripping new novel by Sunday Times Number One bestseller Victoria Hislop is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars.

 

Athens 1941. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between Right- and Left-wing views when the Germans invade.

 

Fifteen-year-old Themis comes from a family divided by these political differences. The Nazi occupation deepens the fault-lines between those she loves just as it reduces Greece to destitution. She watches friends die in the ensuing famine and is moved to commit acts of resistance.

 

In the civil war that follows the end of the occupation, Themis joins the Communist army, where she experiences the extremes of love and hatred and the paradoxes presented by a war in which Greek fights Greek.

 

Eventually imprisoned on the infamous islands of exile, Makronisos and then Trikeri, Themis encounters another prisoner whose life will entwine with her own in ways neither can foresee. And finds she must weigh her principles against her desire to escape and live.

 

As she looks back on her life, Themis realises how tightly the personal and political can become entangled. While some wounds heal, others deepen.

 

This powerful new novel from Number One bestseller Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity and trauma of Greece’s past and weaves it into the epic tale of an ordinary woman compelled to live an extraordinary life.

 

Victoria Hislop. Discover for yourself why 10 million readers worldwide love her books.

 

Bibliography

 

Novels:

The Island (2005)

The Return (2008)

The Thread (2011)

The Sunrise (2014)

Cartes Postales from Greece (2016)

Those Who Are Loved (2019)

 

Short stories

One Cretan Evening and Other Stories (2011)

‘One Cretan Evening’ (2008)

‘The Pine Tree’ (2008)

‘By The Fire’ (2009)

‘The Warmest Christmas Ever’ (2007)

‘Aflame in Athens’ (2009)

The Last Dance and Other Stories (2013; ten stories)

 

Non fiction

Sink or Swim: The Self-help Book for Men Who Never Read Them (2002) (with Duncan Goodhew)

Fix Your Life – Now!: The Six Step Plan to Help You Fix Your Life (2012) (with Duncan Goodhew)

 

SEE THE 20th LOWDHAM BOOK FESTIVAL PROGRAMME at:

http://www.thebookcase.co.uk/lowdham-book-festival/

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

Q:  What’s your favorite childhood memory?

A:  Not paying bills – Anon

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…Greece

 GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

Yesterday I wore something from 5 years ago and it actually fit. So proud of myself. It was a scarf, but still, let’s be positive here.

LOVE IS…

Love is… when you’re my cup of tea

TRACK OF THE DAY

NEVER REALLY OVER – KATY PERRY

Highest Chart Position: No.13 7th June 2019

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WHAT DAY IS IT?

Tuesday 11th June 2019

German Chocolate Cake Day

Call Your Doctor Day

Corn On The Cob Day

 

 

 

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