24th November 201612:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Kingsway Hall Hotel, Covent Garden
Victoria Hislop & Elizabeth Buchan
Victoria Hislop read English at Oxford, and worked in publishing, PR and as a journalist before becoming a multi-award-winning novelist. She is married with two children. Previous novels include The Island, which has sold over two million copies worldwide; The Return; The Thread and The Sunrise, as well as her acclaimed short story collection, The Last Dance and Other Stories. Her imaginative story telling has taken readers through captivating historical journeys across Greece, Spain and Cyprus, and her novels been translated into more than 30 languages.
Intelligent and immersive… Hislop’s incisive narrative weaves a vast array of fact through a poignant, compelling family saga. The Sunday Times
Week after week postcards with alluring images of Greece arrive, with no return address, each signed with an initial: A. Ellie is enthralled by the montage she creates with them and, when they no longer come, she decides to see the country for herself. On the morning Ellie leaves for Athens, a notebook arrives. Its pages tell the story of a man’s moving odyssey through Greece. A’s tale unfolds with the discovery not only of a culture but also of a desire to live life to the full once more. Cartes Postales from Greece is illustrated with photographs which bring this story to life.
Elizabeth lived in Egypt, Nigeria and the UK before gaining a double honours degree in English and History from the University of Kent. After a successful career in publishing and producing two children she fulfilled her dream of writing full time and has travelled worldwide, meeting readers of all ages. Her short stories are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in magazines. She reviews for the Sunday Times, chairs the Betty Trask and Desmond Elliott literary prizes, is a former Whitbread Awards judge, a patron of the Guildford Book Festival and a past Chairman of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Impressive . . . nerve-janglingly engrossing . . . Buchan brings the period vividly to life. Sunday Times
As the Second World War draws to a close, Gus Clifton, feared dead, surprises his two sisters at their family home. A greater shock is Krista, the German wife whom he has secretly married in Berlin. Nella, Gus’s fiancée, cannot understand what made Gus change his mind about their marriage and they can only see the enemy he has brought under their roof. What hold does Krista have over their honourable and upright Gus? And how can the three women get her out of their home, their future, their England?
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Wonderful event – it was an absolute tonic being in the company of the author and listening to her read her own work. Thank you! Will be recommending your lunches!
Alexandra Lavery, TFL