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Black Roses - Jane Thynne

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Berlin, 1933. Warning bells ring across Europe as Hitler comes to power. Clara Vine, an attractive young Anglo-German actress, arrives in Berlin to find work at the famous Ufa studios. Through a chance meeting, she is unwillingly drawn into a circle of Nazi wives, among them Magda Goebbels, Anneliese von Ribbentrop and Goering's girlfriend Emmy Sonnemann. As part of his plan to create a new pure German race, Hitler wants to make sweeping changes to the lives of women, starting with the formation of a Reich Fashion Bureau, instructing women on what to wear and how to behave. Clara is invited to model the dowdy, unflattering clothes.

Then she meets Leo Quinn who is working for British intelligence and who sees in Clara the perfect recruit to spy on her new elite friends, using her acting skills to win their confidence. But when Magda Goebbels reveals to Clara a dramatic secret and entrusts her with an extraordinary mission, Clara feels threatened, compromised, desperately caught between her duty towards - and growing affection for - Leo, and the impossibly dangerous task Magda has forced upon her.

About the Author

Jane Thynne was born in Venezuela and educated in London. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature and joined the BBC as a journalist. She has also worked at the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and The Independent, as well as numerous British magazines. She appears as a broadcaster on Radio 4. Jane is married to the writer Philip Kerr. They have three children and live in London. Black Roses is Jane's fourth novel.


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It just won't let you put it down


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    "'Two beguning love stories, past and present, brilliantly entwined. I was mesmerised'"

    ISBN: 9781849839846
    ISBN-10: 9781496136251
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 480
    Published: 1st April 2013
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.1
    Weight (kg): 0.54