“This book has it all – art, photography, long lost war lovers, female empowerment and so much more! Much like Lester’s other books, the first few chapters are a bit slow to start. BUT stay with it because her words will find you holding your breath until the very end. This book has shot up to my top 10 books ever read (I wish I could forget this book so I can rediscover it all over again).”

Inspired by the incredible true story of Lee Miller, Vogue model turned one of the first female war photojournalists.

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.

Reviewed by Alice

Title: The French Photographer
Author: Natasha Lester

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