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Meet the author Victoria Hislop

Wednesday 18th October 2023, 12.00pm
Venue: Riverside Cinema

The bestselling novelist, Victoria Hislop, author of 'The Island' and 'The Return' among many others, will be in conversation with Catherine Larner at this special lunchtime event, introducing her new book ‘The Figurine’.

Set once again in Victoria’s beloved Greece, this novel features Athens and the island of Nisos... and also a small town in Suffolk!

When Helena inherits her grandparents’ apartment in Athens, she is overwhelmed with memories of the summers she spent there as a child. Greece then was under a brutal military dictatorship and her cruel grandfather was one of the regime’s generals.

Looking through her grandparents’ possessions, Helena discovers many valuable objects and antiquities and wonders how they were accumulated. At the same time she is exploring a growing passion for archaeology where she witnesses ancient artefacts being unearthed in the Greek islands.

This beautiful new novel invites us to feel the warmth and colour of Greece while shining a light on the questionable acquisition of cultural treasures and the price people, and countries, will pay to cling on to them.

‘I hope readers will be pulled into this period of history,’ says Victoria, ‘and the question of where something, or someone, really belongs.’

This promises to be a fascinating event celebrating a stunning novel which, once you start reading you won’t want to end!

Tickets are available from the Riverside, online or in person, priced £25 and include a signed copy of 'The Figurine' (RRP £25) presented on the day. One further ticket may be purchased for £12 (without the book).

Early bird tickets may be purchased before 20 September for £20.

The Figurine
by Victoria Hislop