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The Heart of the Ritz

The Heart of the Ritz

Four women join forces to survive the invasion of Paris with conviction, courage - and style France, April 1940. Polly Hartford has been sent across oceans to her Aunt Marjorie, known only from letters. When Marjorie dies in suspicious circumstances, Polly is left with her aunt's... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781925750218
Barcode 9781925750218
Published 1 September 2019 by Simon & Schuster Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Not for Online
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Author(s) By Devenish, Luke
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ISBN-13 9781925750218
ISBN-10 1925750213
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
Imprint Simon & Schuster Australia
Publication Date 1 September 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Not for Online
Edition Not for Online
Author(s) By Devenish, Luke
Category Modern Fiction
Australian
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 234mm
Height: 153mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 951260

Description of this Book

Four women join forces to survive the invasion of Paris with conviction, courage - and style France, April 1940. Polly Hartford has been sent across oceans to her Aunt Marjorie, known only from letters. When Marjorie dies in suspicious circumstances, Polly is left with her aunt's loaded pistol in a beautiful Hermes handbag - and to the care of Marjorie's three friends: an elegant Comtesse, a gutter-born film star, and a big-hearted American heiress. Polly is taken to live at the Hotel Ritz, where those who live there think money protects them from war ... But when the Nazis invade, the illusion is shattered. As Paris deteriorates, Polly and her guardians face the horrors of the Occupation with courage, humour, style - even romance - and discover just what they are capable of. As the Liberation approaches, those who survive must face a day of reckoning, but one truth stands tall: at the heart of the Ritz is the soul of resistance. A dramatic story about conviction and courage, drawn from real characters and extraordinary events.

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Author's Bio

Luke Devenish is an Australian writer of historical fiction, numerous plays, and several long running television dramas, such as Neighbours, Home and Away, Something in the Air, and SeaChange. His first two novels, Den of Wolves and Nest of Vipers, about the women behind the men of Ancient Rome, were translated into five languages, earning him a passionate international readership. A film and television academic at the University of Melbourne's Victorian College of the Arts, Luke is as fervent about teaching as he is about writing, and is much enjoyed for his lively, inspiring classes. Luke lives with his partner and pets in a sprawling 1860s garden in historic Castlemaine, Central Victoria. Visit his website: LukeDevenish.com

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