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The songwriter

The songwriter

Colin, Beatrice

A gripping new novel from the author of Richard & Judy pick The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite. New York, 1916. Monroe Simonov, a song-plugger from Brooklyn, is in love with a Ziegfeld Follies dancer who has left him for California. Inez Kennedy, a fashion model in a department store, has just one season remaining to find a wealthy husband before she must return to the Midwest. Ana Denisova, a glamorous political exile, gives lectures and writes letters while she waits for the Russian people to overthrow their Tsar. Then America joins the war, jazz sweeps the city's dance floors, the old order is swept away by newly minted millionaires and the entire nation is gripped by the Red Scare. Although the world is changing faster than they could ever have imagined, Monroe, Inez and Ana discover that they are still subject to the tyranny of the heart. In this richly atmospheric and deftly plotted novel, the paths of these three central figures cross and re-cross, leaving a trail of passion, infidelity and betrayal, and hurtle towards an explosive climax. Praise for The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite:'The storytelling is masterful and the language magical' -- Sunday Times 'Full of suspense, this is an all-feeling novel, seductively and dramatically told' -- Daily Mail 'This absorbing read is both well researched and plushly written' -- Guardian 'A transfixing concerto of intrigue, passion, desperation, intrigue, love, heroism and tragedy' -- Easy Living 'Intricately plotted and filled with memorable characters, Beatrice Colin's gorgeous novel is a lush delight that perfectly captures the spirit of Berlin ... compelling' -- The Gloss 'Colin's descriptions of Berlin are as vibrant and alive as Lilly and the rich cast of characters around her' -- Scotland on Sunday 'An exceptional novel ... Colin is an entertaining storyteller' -- Sunday Herald 'Bold, solid and clever' -- Herald 'A big, plush velvet cushion of a book' -- The List 'Deftly captures the era's sense of frenzied invention and seductive promise ... Colin ... writes with a supple, whimsical charm. [The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite is] absorbing in its ... authenticity' -- New York Times Book Review 'A compelling story well told' -- Sun Herald (Australia) 'Decadent, tantalising' -- Axis Magazine 'This gripping and darkly seductive novel showcases the glitter and darkness of the Weimar Republic' -- Western Daily Press

Hardback, Book. English. Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945).
Published London : John Murray Publishers Ltd : [distributor] Bookpoint : [distributor] Alliance Distribution Services Pty Ltd : [distributor] Alliance Distribution Services Pty Ltd : [distributor] Jonathan Ball Publishers SA : [distributor] Trafalgar Square 2010
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Statement of responsibility: Beatrice Colin
Distributor: London: John Murray Publishers Ltd; [distributor] Bookpoint; [distributor] Alliance Distribution Services Pty Ltd; [distributor] Alliance Distribution Services Pty Ltd; [distributor] Jonathan Ball Publishers SA; [distributor] Trafalgar Square, 2010
ISBN: 0719523826, 9780719523823
Note: Hardback.
Biography: Beatrice Colin was born in London and raised in Scotland but has lived in New York. She has worked as a freelance journalist, writing for publications including the Guardian, and a playwright, writing radio plays for the BBC. She lives in Glasgow. Her most recent book, The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite, was a Richard & Judy selection and has been translated into seven languages.
Physical Description: 384 p. ; 24x16x3 cm.
Subject: Models (Persons) Fiction.; Rich people Fiction.; New York (N.Y.) Social life and customs 20th century Fiction.; General.