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A Letter from Paris - Louisa Deasey

Paperback Published: 3rd September 2018
ISBN: 9781925713312
Number Of Pages: 336

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The letters, dated 1949, detail a passionate affair between Louisa's father, Denison, and Coralie's grandmother, Michelle, in post-war London. They spark Louisa to find out more about her father, who died when she was six. From the seemingly simple question 'Who was Denison Deasey?' follows a trail of discovery that leads Louisa to the libraries of Melbourne and the streets of London, to the cafes and restaurants of Paris and a poet's villa in the south of France. From her father's secret service in World War II to his relationships with some of the most famous bohemian artists in postwar Europe, Louisa unearths a portrait of a fascinating man, both at the epicenter and the mercy of the social and political currents of his time.

A Letter from Paris is about the stories we tell ourselves, and the secrets the past can uncover. A compelling tale of inheritance and creativity, loss and reunion, it shows the power of the written word to cross the bridges of time.

About the Author

Louisa Deasey is a Melbourne-based writer who has published widely, including work in Overland, Vogue, The Australian, and The Saturday Age. Her first memoir, Love and Other U-Turns, was nominated for the Nita B. Kibble Award for women writers.


A personal story of a search for knowledge of her father


This book is of interest to anyone interested in Australian artists and writers around the period following World War II, and especially those who chose to go to France for a more open-minded attitude to art and literature. It is an interesting personal story written by someone who wanted to know more about her father, and his friendship with some Australian artists in England and France in the late 1940's and early 1950's.

Seaford, Melbourne


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Beautifully written and engaging memoir


A lovely read encompassing history, family secrets, love, travel, art and of course France.




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`An enchanting memoir that will stay with you long after you close the book.' - Rebecca Raisin, bestselling author of the Little Paris Collection

`A beautiful celebration of the profound healing power of stories shared.' - Karina Machado, author of Spirit Sisters

`An amazing story which gave me tingles.' - Carla Coulson, author of Paris Tango and Italian Joy

ISBN: 9781925713312
ISBN-10: 1925713318
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 3rd September 2018
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.43