A rich, romantic historical novel showcasing the glamour, spectacle and theatrical energy of the Weimar Republic.
As the clock chimed the turn of the twentieth century, Lilly Nelly Aphrodite took her first breath. Born to a cabaret dancer and soon orphaned in a scandalous double murder, Lilly finds refuge at a Catholic orphanage, coming under the wing of the, at times, severe Sister August, the first in a string of lost loves.
There she meets Hanne Schmidt, a teen prostitute, and forms a bond that will last them through tumultuous love affairs, disastrous marriages, and destitution during the First World War and the subsequent economic collapse. As the century progresses, Lilly and Hanne move from the tawdry glamour of the tingle-tangle nightclubs to the shadow world of health films before Lilly finds success and stardom in the new medium of motion pictures and ultimately falls in love with a man whose fate could cost her everything she has worked for or help her discover her true self.
Gripping and darkly seductive, The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite showcases all the glitter and splendor of the brief heyday of the Weimar Republic, and the rise of Hollywood to its golden age. As it foreshadows the horrors of the Second World War, the novel asks what price is paid when identity becomes unfixed and the social order is upended.
An evocative, satisfying read. - Grazia
A compelling story well told - Sun Herald (Australia)
She fills every page with lush, rich detail, but leaves a reader wanting for more. - The Canberra Times
'Skilfully written' - The Sydney Morning Herald.
'Drama at every turn' - Sunday Herald Sun
'The storytelling is masterful and the language magical' - Sunday Times
Colin fills her story with historical details that are as fascinating as her characters...A compelling story well told. - Sun Herald
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