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Victoria Hislop

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Victoria Hislop
Hislop signing books in Greece, February 2008
Hislop signing books in Greece, February 2008
Born1959 (age 64–65)[1]
Bromley, Kent, England
Alma materSt Hilda's College, Oxford
(m. 1988)
Children2; including William

Victoria Hislop (née Hamson; born 1959) is an English author.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Bromley, Kent, she was raised in Tonbridge and attended Tonbridge Grammar School.[3] She studied English at St Hilda's College, Oxford,[4] and worked in publishing and as a journalist before becoming an author.[5]


Her novel The Island (2005) 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.[6] Hislop has a particular affection for Greece. She visits the country often for research and other reasons, and has a second home on the island of Crete.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Victoria married Private Eye editor Ian Hislop on 16 April 1988 in Oxford; the couple have two children, Emily Helen (born 1990) and William David (born 1993).[8]

Hislop lived in London for over twenty years, but now lives in Sissinghurst.[3]

In 2020, Hislop was granted honorary Greek citizenship for promoting modern Greek history and culture.[9] The following year she was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, the Greek version of Strictly Come Dancing.[10]



  • The Island (2005)
  • The Return (2008)
  • The Thread (2011)
  • The Sunrise (2014)
  • Cartes Postales from Greece (2016)
  • Those Who Are Loved (2019)
  • One August Night (2020)
  • Maria's Island (2021)
  • The Figurine (2023)

Short stories[edit]

  • One Cretan Evening and Other Stories (2011)
    • 'One Cretan Evening' (2008)
    • 'The Pine Tree' (2008)
    • 'By The Fire' (2009)
    • 'The Warmest Christmas Ever' (2007)
    • 'Aflame in Athens' (2009)
  • The Last Dance and Other Stories (2012; ten stories)


  • Sink or Swim: The Self-help Book for Men Who Never Read Them (2002) (with Duncan Goodhew)
  • Fix Your Life – Now!: The Six Step Plan to Help You Fix Your Life (2012) (with Duncan Goodhew)


  1. ^ Greek Government Gazette B/2954/2020
  2. ^ Philby, Charlotte (3 January 2009). "My Secret Life, Independent Magazine 3 January 2009". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 17 August 2022. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Victoria Hislop's Kent favourites". BBC Kent. 4 November 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
  4. ^ "Here come the girls..." Oxford Mail. 11 March 2010.
  5. ^ Foster, Sophie (16 June 2019). "Victoria Hislop: 'Ian was in a different league to me at Oxford - he charged me 50p to borrow his essays'". The Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Order your copy of Ox-Tales : Talking Books : Oxfam GB". Archived from the original on 18 March 2012.
  7. ^ Hislop The tragedy of my beloved Greece [1], Sunday Telegraph, 20 May 2012
  8. ^ "Marriages and Births England and Wales 1984–2006".
  9. ^ "Greece gives novelist Victoria Hislop honorary Greek citizenship". ekathimerini.com. 21 July 2020.
  10. ^ Rose, Hilary. "Victoria Hislop on doing Strictly (the Greek one): My partner is beautiful — I can't stop looking at him". The Times. Retrieved 11 October 2021.

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