Victoria Hislop’s Those Who Are Loved portrays the trauma of Greece’s civil war

English author Victoria Hislop’s Those Who Are Loved is due for release on May 30th. It is her sixth novel, and is the first release since her 2016 book Cartes Postales from Greece.

The book is set in Greece in the early 1940s, and begins right after the German invasion. A country Hislop often writes about as she travels there to do research quite often as she also owns a holiday house on Crete.

The publisher has this to say about Victoria Hislop’s Those Who Are Loved:

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’s Those Who Are Loved will be available on May 30th in hardcover and paperback. It will also be released in audio and on Kindle. You can pre-order the book on most major book platforms now, and find out more about her on her website.

To learn more about why the author writes about the characters she does, watch the Tedx presentation below that Hislop gave a few years ago in Greece.

Called When Courage Inspires a Novelist, she talks about writers who have been arrested and imprisoned for what they have written, and why freedom of speech for a writer is so important.

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