Victoria Hislop

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Victoria Hislop
Victoria Hislop in autograph session.jpg
Signing books in Greece, February 2008
Born 1959 (age 55–56)
Bromley, Kent, England
Occupation Novelist
Nationality British
Alma mater St Hilda's College, Oxford
Spouse Ian Hislop (m. 1988)
Children 2

Victoria Hislop (née Hamson; born 1959) is an English author.[1]


Born in Bromley, Kent (now part of London), she was raised in Tonbridge, Kent, and attended Tonbridge Grammar School.[2] She studied English at St Hilda's College, Oxford[3] and worked in publishing and as a journalist before becoming an author.[citation needed] She lived in London for over 20 years, and now lives in Sissinghurst.[2]

She married Private Eye editor Ian Hislop on 16 April 1988 in Oxford. They have two children, Emily Helen (born 1990) and William David (born 1993).[4]


Her novel The Island (2005), which the Sunday Express hailed as "the new Captain Corelli's Mandolin",[this quote needs a citation] was a number one bestseller in Britain, its success in part the result of having been selected by the Richard & Judy Book Club for their 2006 Summer Reads. To Nisi (The Island) was filmed as a TV series by the Greek TV channel MEGA.

In 2009, she donated the short story Aflame in Athens to Oxfam's "Ox-Tales" project, four collections of British stories written by 38 authors. Her story was published in the "Fire" collection.[5] Hislop has a particular affection for Greece, visits the country often for research and other reasons, and has a second home on Crete.[6]



  • The Island (2005)
  • The Return (2008)
  • The Thread (2011)
  • The Sunrise (2014)

Short stories[edit]

  • One Cretan Evening (2011)
    • 'One Cretan Evening' (2008)
    • 'The Pine Tree' (2008)
    • 'By The Fire' (2009)
    • 'The Warmest Christmas Ever' (2007)
    • 'Aflame in Athens' (2009)

Non fiction[edit]

  • Sink or Swim: The Self-help Book for Men Who Never Read Them (2002) (with Duncan Goodhew)


  1. ^ Philby, Charlotte (3 January 2009). "My Secret Life, Independent Magazine 3 January 2009". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Victoria Hislop's Kent favourites". BBC Kent. 4 November 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Here come the girls...". Oxford Mail. 11 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Marriages and Births England and Wales 1984-2006
  5. ^ Oxfam: Ox-Tales
  6. ^ Victoria Hislop "The tragedy of my beloved Greece", Sunday Telegraph, 20 May 2012

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