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The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - STAYING IN - LIZ WALSH

PALACE OF TEARS

JU­LIAN LEATHERDALE

ALLEN & UNWIN $29.99

ON a hot sum­mer day in Jan­uary, 1914, Rob­bie is pre­par­ing to celebrate his 13th birth­day at a lav­ish party at his par­ents’ ho­tel in the Blue Moun­tains. His neigh­bour and friend Angie is dev­as­tated that she’s not in­vited. By day’s end the lives of the two chil­dren — and their fam­i­lies — will be shat­tered. Fast for­ward to 2013 in Syd­ney: Lisa’s de­ci­sion to trace her fam­ily history takes her back to that day in 1914 as she un­cov­ers se­crets, be­tray­als and trysts. Span­ning two world wars, this is a rol­lick­ing, epic tale that el­e­gantly wraps themes of lost love with in­trigue, art, movie stars, beauty, the supernatural and re­venge.

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