The Heart of the Ritz - Luke Devenish

The Heart of the Ritz

By: Luke Devenish

Paperback | 19 August 2019

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Four women join forces to survive the invasion of Paris with conviction, courage – and style

France, April 1940. Polly Hartford has been sent across oceans to her Aunt Marjorie, known only from letters. When Marjorie dies in suspicious circumstances, Polly is left with her aunt’s loaded pistol in a beautiful Hermès handbag ... and to the care of Marjorie’s three friends: an elegant Comtesse, a gutter-born film star, and a big-hearted American heiress.

Polly is taken to live at the Hôtel Ritz, where those who live there think money protects them from war … But when the Nazis invade, the illusion is shattered. As Paris deteriorates, Polly and her guardians face the horrors of the Occupation with courage, humour, style – even romance – and discover just what they are capable of. As the Liberation approaches, those who survive must face a day of reckoning, but one truth stands tall: at the heart of the Ritz is the soul of resistance.

A dramatic story about conviction and courage, drawn from real characters and extraordinary events.

About the Author

Luke Devenish is an Australian writer of historical fiction, numerous plays, and several long running television dramas, such as Neighbours, Home and Away, Something in the Air, and SeaChange. His first two novels, Den of Wolves and Nest of Vipers, about the women behind the men of Ancient Rome, were translated into five languages, earning him a passionate international readership.

A film and television academic at the University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts, Luke is as fervent about teaching as he is about writing, and is much enjoyed for his lively, inspiring classes. Luke lives with his partner and pets in a sprawling 1860s garden in historic Castlemaine, Central Victoria.
Industry Reviews
‘Luke Devenish is a master of the dramatic cliffhanger’
Daily Telegraph

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