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Readers delighted to meet author Victoria Hislop on book tour in Woodbridge

PUBLISHED: 09:51 06 June 2019 | UPDATED: 16:45 06 June 2019

Author Victoria Hislop ready to speak in Woodbridge about her new book, Those Who Are Loved. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Author Victoria Hislop ready to speak in Woodbridge about her new book, Those Who Are Loved. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Bestselling author Victoria Hislop stopped off in Suffolk to meet her loyal fans at the start of her latest tour.

Author Victoria Hislop ready to speak in Woodbridge about her new book, Those Who Are Loved. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYAuthor Victoria Hislop ready to speak in Woodbridge about her new book, Those Who Are Loved. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Bookworms in Woodbridge were over the moon to meet the award winning author of such best-selling novels as 'The Island' and 'Cartes Postales from Greece'.

Ms Hislop is currently embarking on a nationwide book tour and held a talk at the Community Hall in Woodbridge to promote her new book, 'Those Who Are Loved' , to an audience of 150 people.

Catherine Larner, the event's organizer at Browsers Bookshop in Woodbridge, said the gathering had been a huge success as with Ms Hislop's readers having listened attentively to Ms Hislop discussing the inspiration and ideas behind the new novel.

"Victoria's novels mean so much to so many people," said Ms Larner.

Author Victoria Hislop's new book Those Who Are Loved. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYAuthor Victoria Hislop's new book Those Who Are Loved. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

"She has a devoted following and the members of this Woodbridge audience were thrilled to meet her and thank her for all the enjoyment they've had in reading her books."

Ms Hislop's latest book is based on the uninhabited island Makronisos where it was used as a detention centre for political prisoners from the 1940's to the 1970's.

"There's usually a place that is a starting point for my books," said Ms Hislop.

Author Victoria Hislop ready to speak in Woodbridge about her new book, Those Who Are Loved. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYAuthor Victoria Hislop ready to speak in Woodbridge about her new book, Those Who Are Loved. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

"Seeing Makronisos from a distance was the keyhole that I looked through. I knew I wanted to get inside that room."

The book focuses on Themis, the daughter who disagrees with her family's political views and becomes a Communist Soldier for the opposition.

The story details Themis' fight against the Nazi occupation and the consequences she faces in the years that follow.

The event was Ms Hislop's second book talk at Browsers, following the launch of her previous bestseller 'Cartes Postales from Greece' a number of years ago.

Ms Hislop said she had chosen Woodbridge again as one of her tour stops as she has a special place in her heart for Suffolk, not just due to family residing in the area but also because of all that it has to offer culturally as well as its beautiful coastline and countryside.

This was the second stop on Ms Hislop's book tour.

She will be heading across locations in the UK until the end of June.

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