Born in Bromley in 1959, Victoria worked in publishing, PR and as a journalist before embarking on her career as a novelist. It was whilst studying English at St Hilda's College, Oxford that Victoria met her husband, Private Eye editor Ian Hislop. Her first novel, The Island, was inspired by a visit to Spinalonga - an uninhabited former leper colony. The book was an instant success, topping the Sunday Times paperback charts for eight consecutive weeks and selling more than two million copies worldwide. In 2007, she was named newcomer of the year at the Galaxy British Book Awards and won the Richard and Judy Summer Read competition. Victoria's second novel, The Return, also hit the Sunday Times top spot. Her third novel, The Thread, was published in 2011 to international acclaim, telling the tale of Thessaloniki and its people. Victoria and Ian live in Kent with their two children.
The Sunrise, Victoria's latest novel, is set in 1972 in Famagusta, Cyprus - aka the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean. One couple is preparing to open the doors of their hotel - an ambitious project where Greek and Turkish Cypriots can work together in harmony. However, for all its glamour and good fortune, the city is also hiding an undercurrent of tension and unrest. A Greek coup sends the island into turmoil and the threat of conflict looms large. Turkey intervenes and the city of Famagusta is targeted. As the soldiers advance, people grab what they can and flee the city. Of the 40,000 residents, just two families remain - the Georgious and the Özkans - in what is now a ghost town. Originally settling in Famagusta to escape the violence and conflict elsewhere on the island, the two families brace themselves for what lies ahead.