Those Who Are Loved
Two women. Two sons. One family.
Themis grows up during the brutal German occupation of Greece. In the subsequent Civil War, the country is polarised between Right and Left and Themis' family is bitterly divided. During the violent five-year struggle for control of the country, she fights for the Communists and is seduced by the leader of her rebel band.
Captured and sent to the notoriously cruel islands of exile, Makronisos and Trikeri, Themis gives birth to a son, Angelos, and during her subsequent illness accepts the offer of another prisoner, Aliki, to wet nurse her baby. Aliki is to be executed but on her final day confesses to Themis that she too has a son, Nikos, who had been taken away from her. Themis agrees that if she is ever liberated, she will find Nikos and bring him up as her own.
The two boys grow up as brothers in Athens. Peace is once again overturned when a group of army generals takes over the country and sets out to annihilate the Left.
Themis, obliged to hide her Communist record, watches helplessly as her son is drawn into one of the darkest events of recent Greek history.
This powerful new novel from Number One bestseller Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity of Greece's traumatic past and weaves it into the powerful tale of a woman compelled to fight for justice.
'Hislop's passionate love of the country breathes from every page' Daily Mail on Cartes Postales from Greece
'Fascinating and moving . . . Hislop writes unforgettably about Cyprus and its people' The Times on The Sunrise
'Sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious' The Sunday Times on The Thread
'Meticulously researched historical narrative and imaginative storytelling' Telegraph on The Return
'This is a vivid, moving and absorbing tale . . . Her message seems as relevant today as it would have been a century ago' Observer
|Publisher||Headline Publishing Group|
|Publication date||28 May 2019|
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