The Figurine

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Fiction, General Fiction
Hardback Published on: 28/09/2023
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In her irresistible new novel, Sunday Times No 1 bestselling author Victoria Hislop shines a light on the questionable acquisition of cultural treasures and the price people - and countries - will pay to cling on to them. Of all the ancient art that captures the imagination, none is more appealing than the Cycladic figurine. An air of mystery swirls around these statuettes from the Bronze Age and they are highly sought after by collectors - and looters - alike. When Helena inherits her grandparents' apartment in Athens, she is overwhelmed with memories of the summers she spent there as a child, when Greece was under a brutal military dictatorship. Her remote, cruel grandfather was one of the regime's generals and as she sifts through the dusty rooms, Helena discovers an array of valuable objects and antiquities. How did her grandfather amass such a trove? What human price was paid for them? Her desire to find answers about her heritage dovetails with a growing curiosity for archaeology, ignited by a summer spent with volunteers on a dig on an Aegean island. Their finds fuel her determination to protect the precious fragments recovered from the baked earth - and to understand the origins of her grandfather's collection. Helena's attempt to make amends for some of her grandfather's actions sees her wrestle with the meaning of 'home', both in relation to looted objects of antiquity ... and herself.

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781035411757
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 41g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm

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The Figurine
A new Victoria Hislop - well worth the wait! Greece awaits!
Helena inherits her grandparents wonderful apartment in Athens but she will fond it comes at a personal and emotional cost! She remembers all of the summe... READ MORE
Lesley Brown
The Figurine
A good rad and a history lesson
This was a wonderful read. Not only was it an engaging story line but also a vivid picture of Greece and the people who live there. A well researched book... READ MORE
The Figurine
Another great book from Victoria Hislop
What a fantastic book. I really loved the archaeology aspect of the book and the fact it was set in Athens and on some of the islands. I love all Victoria'... READ MORE
Margaret Atwill
The Figurine
Victoria hislop
This lady wrtes beautiful prose and is a “can’t put down” book
June Chambers
The Figurine
A gripping story that makes you question the legitimacy of museums and ownership
There is no doubting Victoria Hislop is an incredible storyteller who has opened up the history of Greece to a wider contemporary world ; her attention to ... READ MORE
Stephen - the bookworm
The Figurine
An engaging read
This story begins in 1968 when Helena was 8 years old and visiting hr grandparents in Greece. It continues on through to the 1980s. This story covers a goo... READ MORE
Cheryl Prettyjohns
The Figurine
Loved it
1968 and little Helena McCloud is headed to Athens on her own. Helena is meeting her Grandparents for the first time. She has been forewarned by her mother... READ MORE
Always Happiest Reading
The Figurine
Absorbing read
A really interesting read which covers the cruelty of the military dictatorship in Greece that ran from the late 1960s until it was overthrown in 1974. As ... READ MORE
Gee Wood
The Figurine
Definitely recommended
I read this book courtesy of NetGalley. Another brilliant read from Victoria Hislop which I enjoyed immensely. I certainly learnt a lot of Greek history ... READ MORE
Grey Lady
The Figurine
Another winner from this excellent author!
Victoria Hislop always produces interesting, well researched historical reads and “The Figurine” is a perfect example. Once I picked up this book I found i... READ MORE
Annette Librarian
The Figurine
Yet another 5 star read from this brilliant author
This is a definite must for all readers who, like me, are huge fans of Victoria hislop's novels. The Figurine is no exception to the excellent narrative Vi... READ MORE
Jill Galloway
The Figurine
A fantastic, well researched novel.
Another fantastic, well researched novel from Victoria. It’s always exciting look when I start one of her novels as you become completely immersed in them.... READ MORE
Mary Urquhart
The Figurine
Greek history, looting, love
What a beautiful story. It is extremely well written and the story flows along like a lovely little stream. The story was not rushed and kept my interest ... READ MORE
Dagmar Williams
The Figurine
Read in a week.
Another great book from Victoria Hislop. She transports you to Greece or one of her islands .You can feel the atmosphere surrounding the characters as thou... READ MORE
A Mancunian.