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Victoria Hislop anyone?

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My dad has been raving about her so just ordered a couple of her books....The Island and The Thread.

Has anyone read her books?? If so did you love them, hate them or anything inbetween smile

artifarti Mon 12-Nov-12 17:07:02

She tends to take a bit of a bashing on here grin.

Personally I really enjoyed The Island but I then read The Return which I thought was utter toss! Haven't read The Thread so will be interested to hear what those who have thought of it.

iseenodust Mon 12-Nov-12 17:09:43

Is The Return the Spanish civil war one? In which case I thought it was the best of the three. The Island was a bookclub one and interesting but not great writing.

HullyEastergully Mon 12-Nov-12 17:10:25


hackmum Mon 12-Nov-12 17:26:53

Read the Island and had no desire to read any of the others!

BarbieDahl Mon 12-Nov-12 17:27:37

No thanks

bimblebee Mon 12-Nov-12 17:50:39

Everyone was raving about The Island so I read it and thought it was really badly written, two-dimensional characters, just basically didn't like it at all. Would certainly not waste my money on any of her other books!

DuchessofMalfi Mon 12-Nov-12 17:55:54

I haven't read it yet but I bought a copy of The Thread because it looked interesting from a historical aspect. It's sitting in my tbr pile. It doesn't look rubbish - I'd reserve that description for something really bad like FSOG or some other poorly written chick-lit novel.

merlottits Mon 12-Nov-12 18:49:46

I adored the island but haven't read any others. She really is slated on here and is only one notch up on Kate Mosse grin
I didn't find the writing bad at all. Would highly recommend it.

sittinginthesun Mon 12-Nov-12 18:52:16

I liked The Island. The Return was ok (particular interest in that period of history due to family connections). The most recent one was rubbish. Building up characters, then wiling them out, and jumping around too much.

RachelHRD Mon 12-Nov-12 18:58:26

We read The Thread for book group and all enjoyed it. I liked her style of writing and felt I learned a lot about Greece post WW1. Not read any others yet.

DazR Mon 12-Nov-12 23:07:37

I really liked The Island. The Thread was OK but didn't really enjoy The Return.

ithaka Tue 13-Nov-12 08:57:54

I enjoyed The Island as we had just been on holiday to Crete and taken a boat trip to Spinalonga, so it was very enjoyable to have a little history lesson on a beautiful part of the world in novel form.

Similarly, The Thread was fascinating from a historical perspective and I do love Greece. It depends what you are looking for. It is not great literature, just interesting historical fiction.

highlandcoo Tue 13-Nov-12 09:43:22

Not great literature, but I quite liked the Island and thought the real-life element to the story was interesting. Bizarrely, I was reading it on holiday with Victoria Hislop sitting across the pool from me (Mark Warner in Greece for anyone who's interested) looking very glamorous in a black swimsuit and huge black sunhat. She didn't mix or talk to anyone, but Ian was nice and friendly.

Didn't enjoy The Return at all, however. I'm weary of time-shift novels anyway; if you want a good novel about the Spanish civil war, better to go for CJ Sansom's Winter in Madrid.

Haven't bothered with The Thread.

Oh well, I bought them second hand from so if they are crap no matter. Maybe my dad has no literacy taste smile

I also have Nicolas Gage's book Eleni to was my late mums favourite book of all time, think it is about the Greek Civil war. Anyone read that?

hackmum Tue 13-Nov-12 17:48:03

Now, that's an enjoyable tidbit, highlandcoo. I'm glad Ian's nice and friendly - he always looks as if he would be. But how did he end up with someone that glamorous?

The one good thing about the Island, I thought, was its historical aspect - I'd never heard the story about the leper colony before so that was all new and interesting. But agree with bimble about the two-dimensional characters.

tripfiction Wed 14-Nov-12 15:52:48

One virtues of her writing is that she really evokes the feel of the places she chooses to set her novels, so that is perhaps a plus?

sunmoonstarstoo Wed 14-Nov-12 16:13:11

Just reading The Island, about two thirds of the way through and really enjoying it. Haven't read any others of hers.

DazR Wed 14-Nov-12 19:08:10

Hi BettySwollocks Eleni was one of my late mum's favourite books too. It is now sitting in my bookcase and I have read and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a long read but thoroughly worth the effort.

grendel Wed 14-Nov-12 23:11:53

I really hate giving up on a book but I have had to with The Thread. Tried to get into it several times because I was interested in the historical side, but the writing is SOOOOOO pedestrian. This happened, and then this happened and they were sad, and a few years later this happened and they were also sad. Plod, plod, plod.

Probably didn't help that I read it straight after Nick Harkaway's Angelmaker which is pretty much the most dazzling piece of writing I've read this year.

Daz thats good to hear. Think I will read the Victoria Hislop first to get me in the mood and then will tackle Eleni. I really want to like it, would feel disloyal to my mum if I think it's cak smile

SecondhandRose Wed 21-Nov-12 20:40:55

I recently read The Island after several recommendations. I really enjoyed it and was especially interested in the historical side of it. Not read any others of hers though.

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Wed 21-Nov-12 20:43:49

I loved the Island - the Return was ok haven't read the other.

notactuallyme Wed 21-Nov-12 20:53:13

I really liked The Island a lot, so bought The Thread. Omg sOooooooooo boring. Like the longest dullest history lesson in the world.

CoteDAzur Sun 25-Nov-12 22:09:35

Hully is spot on.

I read The Island for my book club. We were unanimous for once, agreeing that it was, basically, crap.

If her name wasn't "Hislop", there is no way that book would be published, let alone applauded. Her publisher must owe a big favor to her husband, is all I can say.

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