The paperback publication of Victoria Hislop’s sixth novel, Those Who Are Loved (Headline Review), has been postponed from 30th April to 20th August "to avoid jeopardising publication plans during the unprecedented current situation".
Headline said it had taken the "difficult" decision to postpone publication considering the "fantastic relationship" Hislop has with high-street booksellers and, in light of the current closures, not wanting to miss the "energising experience" of meeting and engaging with them and readers.
The planned range of events and supporting media campaign will be moved, where possible, to new dates in the early autumn.
"Victoria and the Headline team look forward to seeing all their bookselling friends again then and in the meantime will do their upmost to support all booksellers ‘virtually’ wherever they possibly can," said Headline.
Hislop and her agent, Jonathan Lloyd, president of Curtis Brown, commented: "We fully support Headline in their decision to postpone publication and look forward to working with all retailers later in the summer."
Mari Evans, Headline m.d. and Hislop’s editor, said: "We’ve taken the decision to move Victoria’s publication date in recognition of the fact that with every novel and every publication, Victoria’s connection with her readers through events at festivals and bookshops is a key component of everything we work towards for her year round: engagement with fans."
Those Who Are Loved, exploring "the trauma of Greece's past" through "the epic tale of an ordinary woman compelled to live an extraordinary life", is available in e-book and audiobook (read by Juliet Stevenson). The hardback was released in May 2019.