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The Paris Seamstress - Natasha Lester

The Paris Seamstress

Paperback Published: 27th November 2018
ISBN: 9780733641480
Number Of Pages: 448

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How much will a young Parisian seamstress sacrifice to make her mark in the male-dominated world of 1940s New York fashion?

From the author of A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald and Her Mother's Secret.

1940. Parisian seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee France as the Germans advance. She is bound for Manhattan with a few francs, one suitcase, her sewing machine and a dream: to have her own atelier.

2015. Australian curator Fabienne Bissette attends the annual Met Gala for an exhibition of her grandmother's work - one of the world's leading designers of ready-to-wear clothing. But as Fabienne learns more about her grandmother's past, she uncovers a story of heartbreak and secrets - and the sacrifices made for love.

The Paris Seamstress is the beguiling, transporting story of the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as they attempt to heal the heartache of the past.

Industry Reviews

This is a worthy and very readable addition to the historical fiction market. - Herald Sun

...deftly weaves real characters, events, places and an obvious love of fashion into her captivating tale. - Daily Examiner, Northern Star, Queensland Times, Daily Examiner, Northern Star, Queensland Times, Gympie Times

It's a nicely told story, exploring relationships between women, especially the bond between mothers, daughters and granddaughters. And it's a treat for fashion lovers. - Sunday Territorian, Adelaide Advertiser

Estella is a brilliant designer, with chutzpah, verve and spirit. The novel hums with her energy. The descriptions of creating clothes, from scant sketches to glamorous gowns, are lyrical and exciting. - The Weekly Times

ISBN: 9780733641480
ISBN-10: 0733641482
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 27th November 2018
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.2  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1

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Natasha Lester

About the Author


Natasha Lester’s fourth book, Her Mother’s Secret, was published by Hachette Australia in 2017. She is also the author of the bestselling historical novel, A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, which was published in 2016.

Previously, she’s written literary fiction as well, including the award-winning What is Left Over After (2010) and If I Should Lose You (2012). The Age newspaper has described her as “a remarkable Australian talent.”

She has been the recipient of grants by the Australia Council, and a writing residency from Varuna, The Writers House. Her work has also appeared in The Review of Australian Fiction and Overland, and the anthologies Australian Love Stories, The Kid on the Karaoke Stage and Purple Prose. In her spare time, she loves to teach writing, she’s a sought after public speaker and she can be also often be found drinking tea, buying shoes, doing headstands at yoga, or playing dress-ups with her 3 children.

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