Join us for an evening with bestselling author Victoria Hislop as she talks about her new novel The Figurine, a luminous, searching novel about passion, injustice and redemption.

In her irresistible new novel, 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.

Best-known for her evocative and thoroughly researched historical novels, set against the backdrop of southern Europe – particularly Greece – Victoria Hislop is one of the UK’s bestselling novelists. Her works include  bestselling novels The Island as well as The ReturnThe ThreadThe SunriseCarte Postales from Greece and Those Who Are Loved.

A new novel from Victoria Hislop is always something to look forward to. We’re delighted that Victoria is returning to Oswestry to celebrate the publication of The Figurine.

Tickets: £10 (Admits One. Ticket redeemable against a signed copy of The Figurine ) or £25 (Admits One & includes a signed copy of The Figurine)

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