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The English Girl by Margaret Leroy
  

The English Girl

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September 1937 and seventeen-year old English music protégé, Stella, has the opportunity to study in Vienna staying with friends of the family. She repays the family by teaching their son English. Curious, innocent and naïve, she explores the beautiful city and falls for a young psychologist, a Jew. When the family she lodges with discover this they are outraged, they move in high places, pro Hitler. At a party Stella is approached by a British Embassy official and asked to spy on the family … and so begins her clandestine life. This is beautifully written, atmospheric stuff that really makes you feel the uncertainty of the period. We know what is to come; poor Stella has no idea.

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The English Girl by Margaret Leroy

When seventeen-year-old Stella Whittaker is offered the chance to study at the Academy of Music in Vienna it's a dream-come-true, made possible by old family friends, Rainer and Marthe Kraus, who offer her a place to live. Seduced by the elegant beauty of the city, Stella explores the magnificent palaces, gardens and fashionable coffee houses, and after a chance meeting in an art gallery, falls in love with Harri Reznik, a young Jewish doctor. But as the threat of war casts a dark shadow over Europe, Stella soon discovers that both the household where she lives, and the city she has come to call home, are not as welcoming as they once seemed.

Reviews

'A wonderful, wonderful book! Margaret Leroy does an amazing job of showing us the Nazi takeover of Austria through the eyes of an engaging, bright and brave seventeen-year-old English girl. I lost three nights of sleep, unable to put this superbly written book aside and turn out the light'

Diane Chamberlain

'Stunning and evocative ... utterly beguiling Rosamund Lupton Margaret Leroy writes with candour and intelligence, capturing the menace of suddenly finding that the world may not be at all as you've thought it'

Helen Dunmore

'Margaret Leroy captures, brilliantly, a spirit of place and time in her recreation of the beauty, deception and coming darkness of pre-war Vienna, and what it means to be young, in love, and very far from home. I loved it.'

Elizabeth Speller

'A wonderfully detailed and richly imagined setting in which plays out a story both lyrical and chilling'

Rosamund Lupton

About the Author

Margaret Leroy

Margaret Leroy studied music at Oxford. She has written four novels, one of which was televised by Granada and reached an audience of eight million. Margaret has appeared on numerous radio and TV programmes, and her articles and short stories have been published in the Observer, the Sunday Express and the Mail on Sunday. Her books have been translated into ten languages. Margaret is married with two daughters and lives in Surrey.

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Publication date

26th August 2014

Author

Margaret Leroy

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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780751551778

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