Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop – Audio Blog Tour

Thank you to Headline Review for a copy of this historical fiction novel. I first read, enjoyed and reviewed a digital copy in 2019, and the story has stayed with me ever since.

This week I’m part of the audio blog tour promoting the paperback publication today. I’m sharing part 4 of the audio book read by Juliet Stevenson (I’ve had a sneaky listen and it is wonderful). If you have missed the previous parts, please see the list below to be able to visit the other blogs and to find out where to listen to the later parts too – there are six in total.

The paperback of Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop is being published by Headline Review today in the UK, £8.99


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.

My thoughts:

I gave this book a 5 star rating. As an avid reader of Victoria Hislop’s books, this is as well written and descriptive of life as her previous books are. It is the story of Themis and her family and her friends in Greece starting in 1930 to the present day.

Despite having visited Greece four times, I was unaware of how life changed for the Greek people after the German and Italian troops left in 1945. The battles the family face, both within the family and from the deep divisions in Greece after 1945, are immense.

This book brings Themis and her family to life and the reader is left wanting more – I was saddened when I suddenly reached the end of the book.

A must read book for the summer of 2020 – now available in paperback from all good bookshops.

Author Bio:

Inspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony, Victoria Hislop wrote The Island in 2005. It became an international bestseller and a 26-part Greek TV series. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards and is now an ambassador for Lepra. Her affection for the Mediterranean then took her to Spain, and in the number one bestseller The Return she wrote about the painful secrets of its civil war.

In The Thread, Victoria returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki and its people across the twentieth century. Shortlisted for a British Book Award, it confirmed her reputation as an inspirational storyteller. Her fourth novel, The Sunrise, about the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and the enduring ghost town of Famagusta, was a Sunday Times number one bestseller. Cartes Postales from Greece, fiction illustrated with photographs, was a Sunday Times bestseller in hardback and one of the biggest selling books of 2016.

Victoria’s most recent novel, the poignant and powerful Those Who Are Loved, was a Sunday Times number one hardback bestseller in 2019 and explores a tempestuous period of modern Greek history through the eyes of a complex and compelling heroine. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Victoria divides her time between England and Greece. In 2020, Victoria was granted Honorary Greek Citizenship by the President of Greece.


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By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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