|Born||1959 (age 62–63)|
Bromley, Kent, England
|Alma mater||St Hilda's College, Oxford|
|Children||2; including William|
Victoria Hislop (née Hamson; born 1959) is an English author.
Born in Bromley, Kent, she was raised in Tonbridge and attended Tonbridge Grammar School. She studied English at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and worked in publishing and as a journalist before becoming an author.
Her novel The Island (2005) was a number-one bestseller in Britain, its success in part the result of having been selected by the Richard & Judy Book Club for their 2006 Summer Reads. To Nisi (The Island) was filmed as a TV series by the Greek TV channel MEGA.
In 2009, she donated the short story Aflame in Athens to Oxfam's "Ox-Tales" project, four collections of British stories written by 38 authors. Her story was published in the "Fire" collection. Hislop has a particular affection for Greece. She visits the country often for research and other reasons, and has a second home on the island of Crete.
Victoria married Private Eye editor Ian Hislop on 16 April 1988 in Oxford; the couple have two children, Emily Helen (born 1990) and William David (born 1993).
Hislop lived in London for over twenty years, but now lives in Sissinghurst.
In 2020, Hislop was granted honorary Greek citizenship for promoting modern Greek history and culture. The following year she was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, the Greek version of Strictly Come Dancing.