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Born in Pittsburgh, Kathleen Tessaro studied drama at Carnegie-Mellon University before emigrating to London. After ten years working as an actress in films, television and theatre, she left the profession and spent several years working for the English National Opera, while training in the evenings as a drama teacher and voice coach.
During this time, she began to write. Working on short stories during her lunch hour, she soon became a regular member of the Wimpole Street Writers Workshop, a collection of female authors who meet every week. Her debut novel, Elegance, was a huge success, reaching number two in the Sunday Times bestseller list and gaining acres of press coverage. Kathleen is married with a son and lives in North London.
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April 2013 Book of the Month. In 1955 Grace finds she is the sole beneficiary of the estate of an unknown French relative and goes to Paris to inherit the mysterious woman's fortune and business. She has got to discover more about this woman and so her investigation begins. Swinging back to New York in 1927, we follow a fascinating story of abuse, love, global travel and eventually a perfume business. The relationship between Grace and the mysterious lady becomes pretty obvious but getting to the revelation, as one jumps between the two time frames, is a delight. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Click here to view The Debutante by the same author.
A shoebox full of mementoes, discovered in a grand house in Devon, sets our present day heroine in search of the plight of our 1920s deb. The clues in the box reveal a tale of a dark, addictive love, a tale that will lead Cate to uncover some secrets of her own. A great book.
Sporting an interesting interviewing technique for an unspecified job, man-about-town Hughie gets lucky. This is charming, tongue-in-cheek, classy, romantic comedy with heart. Really great fun.Comparison: Eva Rice, Victoria Clayton, Plum Sykes.
Fluctuating back and forwards throughout the 80s and 90s, this is a tale of disillusionment, disappointment and disenchantment as life kicks our heroine down. But then the ghost of a dead friend makes her re-examine herself. An interesting tale, strangely uplifting.Comparison: Jenny Ã‰clair, Susie Boyt, Jessica Adams.Similar this month: Serena Mackesy, Elizabeth Noble.