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Sat, 04 May


Upstairs at Better Read Than Dead

Natasha Lester High Tea

Join bestselling author Natasha Lester for a high tea of scones, sandwiches, champagne and sweets to celebrate the release of The French Photographer.

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Natasha Lester High Tea
Natasha Lester High Tea

Time & Location

04 May 2019, 3:00 pm

Upstairs at Better Read Than Dead, 265 King Street, Newtown NSW, Australia


About The Event

Join Natasha Lester, bestselling author of Her Mother's Secret and The Paris Seamstress, for a high tea of scones, sandwiches, champagne and sweets to celebrate the release of The French Photographer, a novel inspired by the incredible true story of Lee Miller, Vogue model turned one of the first female war photojournalists.

About the Book

Manhattan, Paris, 1942: When Jessica May's successful modelling career is abruptly cut short, she is assigned to the war in Europe as a photojournalist for Vogue. But when she arrives the army men make her life as difficult as possible. Three friendships change that: journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules, paratrooper Dan Hallworth takes her to places to shoot pictures and write stories that matter, and a little girl, Victorine, who has grown up in a field hospital, shows her love. But success comes at a price.

France, 2005: Australian curator D'Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful chateau to manage a famous collection of photographs. What begins as just another job becomes far more disquieting as D'Arcy uncovers the true identity of the mysterious photographer -- and realises that she is connected to D'Arcy's own mother, Victorine.

Crossing a war-torn Europe from Italy to France, The French Photographer is a story of courage, family and forgiveness.

Praise for Natasha Lester

"If you enjoy historical fiction (and even if you don't) you will love this book." - Sally Hepworth on Her Mother’s Secret.

"I love this book" - Rachel Johns on A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald.

"Stunning. Will have you captivated" - Liz Byrski on A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald.

About the Author

Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive before returning to university to study creative writing. She completed a Master of Creative Arts as well as her first novel, What Is Left Over, After, which won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Fiction. Her second novel, If I Should Lose You, was published in 2012, followed by A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald in 2016, Her Mother's Secret in 2017 and the Top 10 Australian bestseller The Paris Seamstress in 2018. The Age described Natasha as 'a remarkable Australian talent' and her work has been published in numerous anthologies and journals.

In her spare time Natasha loves to teach writing, is a sought after public speaker and can often be found playing dress-ups with her three children. She lives in Perth.


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