In the final book in Sarah Gainham's classic Vienna trilogy, which began with the New York Times bestseller Night Falls on the City, Julia and Georg try to rebuild lives shattered by WWII and Cold War intrigues.
Private Worlds completes Sarah Gainham's masterly trilogy of twentieth-century Austria. Having survived the Second World War and Vienna's lethal post-war political intrigues, Julia Homburg, Vienna's most brilliant actress, and her trusted friend Georg Kerenyi can now return to their private worlds, restore their shattered lives and reaffirm the values that enabled them to transcend the hate, injustice and crimes of those war-torn years. They are determined to seek out the consolation of work, the sweetness of love, the joy of friendship -- but memories of the destruction and suffering they witnessed are not always easily buried . . .
There are no heroics; instead Sarah Gainham offers a scrupulously detailed story of individuals forced through barbarism into chaos - Helen Dunmore
Gainham is a master storyteller - Jewish Chronicle - David Herman
Sarah Gainham was born in London in 1915. She moved to Germany in her early thirties, shortly after WWII, and then to Austria, where she remained for over fifty years. It is in central Europe that her early thrillers such as Cold Dark Night, The Stone Roses and Silent Hostage are played out.
Night Falls on the City was first published to worldwide acclaim in 1967. She later wrote two further novels set in Vienna, A Place in the Country and Private Worlds. Gainham reported regularly on central European affairs for the Spectator, Encounter and the New Republic. She died in Austria in 1999.