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The Dressmaker of Dachau

by Mary Chamberlain

eBooks of the Month Family Drama Historical Fiction

The Dressmaker of Dachau Synopsis

London, spring 1939. Eighteen-year-old Ada Vaughan, a beautiful and ambitious seamstress, has just started work for a modiste in Dover Street. A career in couture is hers for the taking - she has the skill and the drive - if only she can break free from the dreariness of family life in Lambeth. A chance meeting with the enigmatic Stanislaus von Lieben catapults Ada into a world of glamour and romance. When he suggests a trip to Paris, Ada is blind to all the warnings of war on the continent: this is her chance for a new start. Anticipation turns to despair when war is declared and the two are trapped in France. After the Nazis invade, Stanislaus abandons her. Ada is taken prisoner and forced to survive the only way she knows how: by being a dressmaker. It is a decision which will haunt her during the war and its devastating aftermath.

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The Dressmaker of Dachau Press Reviews

'The Dressmaker of Dachau is a thrilling story, brilliantly told. I couldn't put it down. Ada Vaughan is a character to fall in love with: utterly real, flawed and beguiling' Saskia Sarginson, author of R&J pick, The Twins and Without You

'I found myself completely swept up in this tale of love, ambition and vanity'
Juliet West, author of Before the Fall

'A powerful and gripping tale of longings and dreams, and how a chance meeting that seems to offer the answers and more, instead comes with devastating consequences. It's a story about what a person will do and can do under force. The world before, during and after World War II is amazingly well-drawn. But it is the character of Ada Vaughan that lingers, her resolve, her passion and her flaws' Cecilia Ekback

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ISBN: 9780007591558
Publication date: 07/04/2016
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007591527
Publication date: 09/04/2015
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007591558
Publication date: 7th April 2016
Author: Mary Chamberlain
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Mary Chamberlain

Mary Chamberlain has lived and worked in England and the Caribbean, and is Emeritus Professor of History at Oxford Brookes University. Her book, Fenwomen, was the first to be published by Virago Press in 1975. Since then she has written many books on women's history, oral history and Caribbean history. She is a graduate of the acclaimed Creative Writing MA at Royal Holloway, University of London and now lives in London with her husband.

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