Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
A Richard and Judy Summer Read selection.Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past, but Sofia has never spoken of it. She only admits to growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however, Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend and promises that, through her, she will learn more. Arriving in Plaka, Alexis learns that it lies a stone's throw from the deserted island of Spinalonga - Greece's former leper colony. She finds her mother's friend, Fortini, and hears the story that Sofia has buried all her life: the tale of her great-grandmother, Eleni, and her daughters, and a family rent by tragedy, war and passion. And she discovers how secrecy holds them all in its powerful grip.
"At last, a beach book with a heart." (Observer)
"Passionately engaged with its subject." (The Sunday Times)
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- Ragen Nelson
An engaging and moving story beautifully read