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  • Published: 26 March 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761049095
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $34.99

The Winter Palace




A sumptuous novel of war, survival and enduring love.

If he had died, I would know it in my heart.

In 1939, Anton, a captain in the Polish army, says goodbye to his wife, Elisabeth. He is leaving to defend their homeland against the invasion by Nazi Germany and Russia. They make a vow that – whatever happens, however much time passes – they’ll meet again at the Winter Palace, their stately home in the Polish countryside.

The winds of war draw them far apart. Anton is captured and sent to Siberia as a POW. He eventually joins a lost army that battles through snowstorms and scorching deserts in Central Asia to find freedom. Anton survives, driven by his determination to join Elisabeth again. She, meanwhile, is forced to be the ‘mistress’ of a Nazi officer before escaping to join the Polish resistance.

As the war ends, Anton and Elisabeth are at the opposite ends of the world. Anton is in Australia. Elisabeth is in Poland, awaiting his return for months and then years. Will they ever meet again at the Winter Palace?

From 1930s Europe to present-day Australia, this is a sweeping story of love that cannot be broken by time, distance, war or even death.

  • Published: 26 March 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761049095
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $34.99

About the author

Paul Morgan

Paul Morgan is the author of two previous novels, The Pelagius Book and Turner’s Paintbox, both published by Penguin. He was born in London, educated at the University of Wales, where he studied Philosophy and English, and lives in Melbourne, Australia. His most recent novel is The Winter Palace.

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Praise for The Winter Palace

Beginning in 1939 and firmly grounded in the lives of a young Polish couple, The Winter Palace is a masterpiece of historical fiction. Beginning ‘once upon a time’, step by step the romance fades as the monstrous wound that is the Second World War opens up across the planet. Heart in mouth, the reader is swiftly woven into the tapestry until finally there is no escape from shedding the bitter tears of a broken heart. With great flair, a deft fluency and an elegant attention to the creation of suspense, Paul Morgan paints a frank, breathless and vivid portrait of the grotesqueries of warfare, while preserving something of the quality of a dream, and demonstrating the poignant grace of true love. The Winter Palace is grounded in the reality of meticulous research. It is harrowing, desolating – and completely enthralling.

Carmel Bird