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Maria's Island

By Victoria Hislop
Illustrated by Gill Smith

A dramatic and moving story set in the same world as the international bestseller The Island from the celebrated novelist Victoria Hislop.

The absorbing story of the Cretan village of Plaka and the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga – Greece's former leper colony – is told to us by Maria Petrakis, one of the children in the original version of The Island. She tells us of the ancient and misunderstood disease of leprosy, exploring the themes of stigma, shame and the treatment of those who are different, which are as relevant for children as adults. Gill Smith's rich, full-colour illustrations will transport the reader to the timeless and beautiful Greek landscape and Mediterranean seascape.

  • A powerful and enchanting story which explores stigma and shame in an accessible and gentle way.
  • The original adult version of The Island has sold over 5 million copies worldwide, including 1 million copies in the UK alone, and has been translated into 35 languages. It was the winner of Richard & Judy's Summer Read and the Sunday Times number one paperback for eight weeks. A sequel is being published in autumn 2020 by Headline Books.
  • As an acclaimed novelist, and with her previous background in PR, Victoria is highly experienced in engaging with publicity and events. She is passionate about Greece, having explored, studied and written about the country for around 40 years, and has five adult books exploring different eras and aspects of Grecian life.

About the author

Victoria Hislop worked in publishing, PR and as a journalist before becoming a novelist. Her adult fiction books include The Island, The Return and, most recently, Those Who Are Loved, all of which have been bestsellers. She divides her time between Kent and Greece, and this is her first book for children.

About the illustrator

Whilst working initially as a primary teacher, then within community arts and theatre, Gill Smith pursued illustration and achieved an MA with distinction in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. She was shortlisted for the Batsford Illustration prize and a winner of international competition, "Picture This". Gill lives in Liverpool.

ISBN: 9781406399073
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: June 2, 2021
Dimensions: 152 x 229mm, 128pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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