Beloved author Victoria Hislop returns to Crete in this long-anticipated sequel to her multi-million-copy Number One bestseller, The Island. 25th August 1957 is the night of a great celebration held in Plaka to 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.
One August Night will reunite readers with Anna, Maria, Manoli and Andreas in the weeks leading up to the evacuation of Spinalonga, and through its aftermath.
Praise for The Island: ‘Victoria Hislop . . . brings dignity and tenderness to her novel about lives blighted by leprosy’ Telegraph ‘Wonderful descriptions, strong characters and an intimate portrait of island existence’ Woman & Home ‘Victoria Hislop’s view of history in her novels is, like the writer herself, a compassionate and generous one’ Scotsman