Book cor­ner: ‘The Be­trayal’ by Kate Fur­ni­vall

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO CITY BEAT -

COULD you kill some­one? Some­one you love?

Paris, 1938. Twin sis­ters are di­vided by fierce loy­al­ties and by a ter­ri­ble se­cret.

The drums of war are beat­ing and France is poised, ready to fall.

One sis­ter is an avi­a­trix, the other is a so­cialite and they both have some­thing to prove and some­thing to hide.

The Be­trayal is an un­for­get­tably pow­er­ful, epic story of love, loss and the long shadow of war.

About the au­thor

Kate Fur­ni­vall had the shock of her life when she learned just over a decade ago that she was part Rus­sian.

Not a de­mure all-English rose af­ter all - it changed her life.

This prod­ded her Rus­sian genes into ac­tion. In­spired by her grand­mother’s dra­matic St Petersburg life-story at the time of the Soviet Rev­o­lu­tion, Kate wrote her first his­tor­i­cal novel, The Rus­sian Con­cu­bine, which hit the New York Times Best­seller list and was sold in 25 coun­tries.

It hooked Kate into the thrill of set­ting pow­er­ful emo­tional sto­ries in dra­matic faroff lo­ca­tions.

She took to trav­el­ling with a vengeance – Rus­sia, China, Malaya, Egypt, Ba­hamas, Italy, France.

All be­came back­drops for her sweep­ing tales set in the first half of the 20th cen­tury when the world was in tur­moil.

Re­search trips were rid­dled with won­der­ful ad­ven­tures and weird dis­cov­er­ies that en­rich her books.

She delves into dark themes as well as in­tense love sto­ries, and strips her char­ac­ters to the bare bones in times of cri­sis to see what they are made of.

Her books are full of ten­sion, twists and thrills, at­mos­phere and ro­mance.

Kate was raised in Wales, went to Lon­don Univer­sity and worked in advertising in Lon­don.

She now lives in bliss­ful Devon with her hus­band, snug­gled up close to Agatha Christie’s house for in­spi­ra­tion.

She has two sons and a mangy cat. Kate has writ­ten ten books, two of which have been short listed for the RNA His­tor­i­cal Novel of the Year Award.

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