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The thrilling new blockbuster by the bestselling author of The Tea Gardens.

Severine Kassel is asked by the Louvre in 1963 to aid the British Museum with curating its antique jewellery, her specialty. Her London colleagues find her distant and mysterious, her cool beauty the topic of conversations around its quiet halls. No one could imagine that she is a desperately damaged woman, hiding her trauma behind her chic, French image.

It is only when some dramatic Byzantine pearls are loaned to the Museum that Severine’s poise is dashed and the tightly controlled life she’s built around herself is shattered. Her shocking revelation of their provenance sets off a frenzied hunt for Nazi Ruda Mayek.

Mossad’s interest is triggered and one of its most skilled agents comes out of retirement to join the hunt, while the one person who can help Severine – the solicitor handling the pearls – is bound by client confidentiality. As she follows Mayek’s trail, there is still one lifelong secret for her to reveal – and one for her to discover.

From the snowy woodlands outside Prague to the Tuileries of Paris and the heather-covered moors of Yorkshire comes a confronting and heart-stopping novel that explores whether love and hope can ever overpower atrocity in a time of war and hate.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143796626

    April 16, 2019

    Penguin

    512 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143785095

    October 29, 2018

    Michael Joseph

    512 pages

    RRP $32.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Audio Download

    9780143792833

    October 29, 2018

    Penguin Random House Australia Audio

    RRP $26.99

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  • EBook

    9780143785101

    October 29, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

    512 pages

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    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
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    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
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