Inspired by the incredible true story of Lee Miller, Vogue model turned one of the first female war photojournalists, the new novel by the bestselling author of THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS
Paris, 1942: When Jessica May's successful modelling career in Manhattan is abruptly cut short, she is assigned to the war in Europe as a photojournalist for Vogue. But when she arrives the army men make her life as difficult as possible. Three friendships change that: journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules, paratrooper Dan Hallworth takes her to places to shoot pictures and write stories that matter, and a little girl, Victorine, who has grown up in a field hospital, shows her love. But success comes at a price.
France, 2005: Australian curator D'Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful chateau to manage a famous collection of photographs. What begins as just another job becomes far more disquieting as D'Arcy uncovers the true identity of the mysterious photographer - and realises that she is connected to D'Arcy's own mother, Victorine.
Crossing a war-torn Europe from Italy to France, THE FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHER is a story of courage, family and forgiveness, by the bestselling author of THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS and A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD.
'Emotionally charged and unforgettable' Publishers Weekly starred review
'Historical fiction at its best' Who Weekly
Weaves real characters, events, places and an obvious love of fashion into her captivating tale - Herald Sun
What Lester does brilliantly is mingle fiction with fact - Daily Telegraph
A fantastically engrossing story. I loved it - Kelly Rimmer
The French Photographer should not be underestimated. While it sits within the romance genre, it makes a statement about the treatment of women - the ridiculous rules that once applied to female war correspondents and the rape of civilian women in battle. Natasha Lester alternates between this historical content and its darker themes, and a mysterious contemporary side plot that will keep readers guessing. - Sunday Times
With a sweeping narrative and stacks of romance, this is historical fiction at its best. - Who Weekly
Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive before returning to university to study creative writing. She completed a Master of Creative Arts as well as her first novel, What Is Left Over, After, which won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Fiction. Her second novel, If I Should Lose You, was published in 2012, followed by A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald in 2016, Her Mother's Secret in 2017 and the Top 10 Australian and international bestsellers The Paris Seamstress in 2018 and The French Photographer in 2019. The Age described Natasha as 'a remarkable Australian talent' and her work has been published in numerous anthologies and journals.
In her spare time Natasha loves to teach writing, is a sought after public speaker and can often be found playing dress-ups with her three children. She lives in Perth. For all the latest news from Natasha, visit www.natashalester.com.au, follow her on Twitter @Natasha_Lester, or Instagram (natashalesterauthor), or join the readers who have become Natasha's friend on Facebook.