Hislop has since not only acquired broad recognition for her writing, she has also managed to divide her time between Kent in the South of England, where she lives with her family, the island of Crete, where she spends her holidays and, as of late, the central Athens neighborhood of Patissia, where she is now renting an apartment.
Meanwhile, the author is scheduled to talk about her new city of choice during a special event tomorrow at the Numismatic Museum. The talk, “The Beauty of Athens,” starts at 9 p.m. and comes in response to an invitation from journalist Nikos Vatopoulos and the Kathe Savvato stin Athina (Saturdays in Athens) team and public relations consultant Vasso Sotiriou.
So what else is the author up to these days?
“I’m finishing my new book. The plot is Cyprus, 1974, very new for me. The book will be ready for England in September.”
Why did she decide to get a place in Athens?
“I come to Athens nearly every month to see friends, do talks, or something with my books. Being in a hotel you are never part of a place. I very quickly found the perfect place. I am so excited. It’s very near Vaso [Sotiriou is also her manager]. It’s very lively and I want to write more about Athens, not journalistic, fictional things. It’s a very inspiring city. Staying in a hotel makes you an outsider, and I want to speak the language properly and this will help a great deal. I have to furnish it first,” said Hislop, who has already had a taste of local red tape in her efforts to get her apartment connected to the power grid.
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By Marialena Spyropoulou