The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

June 8, 2017

June 8, 1959

Victoria Hislop (June 8, 1959) comes from a literary background (her grandfather was a journalist.) She graduated from Oxford (St Hilda’s College) and worked as a journalist prior to the publication of The Island, (2005)  which won the British Book Award for Newcomer of the Year.

A deep love of Greece pervades her world. Her other books include:

The Return, (2008), The Thread, (2011),  The Last Dance, (2012), and (ed) The Story: love, loss and the lives of women, 2013.

A recent Daily Mail article provides a glimpse of Hislop's private life. Her husband and their two grown children live in London. Her husband Ian is also a writer, and a media presence. We learn of her childhood that her father wasn't around much and the result was such a feminine environment that "even the cats were girls."

The Hislops have a second home on Crete.

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