For history buffs and those who love a lively read: Why The Pearl Thief is a great Christmas gift

For history buffs and those who love a lively read: Why The Pearl Thief is a great Christmas gift

Choosing which books to buy as gifts at Christmas can be tricky and with the silly season well underway, we’re here to recommend some great books for the special people in your life. Next up, Fiona McIntosh’s The Pearl Thief…

It’s 1963, and Severine Kassel has been asked by the Louvre to help the British Museum curate its antique jewellery – her specialty. Distant and mysterious, Severine remains an enigma to her London colleagues, who are in awe of her cool beauty and seemingly effortless success. What they don’t know is that Severine is not all she seems – under her chic exterior lies a damaged woman, her trauma ridden past hidden behind a carefully curated French image.

It is only when some dramatic Byzantine pearls are loaned to the British Museum that the new life that Severine has so painstakingly built for herself becomes compromised. She knows where the pearls have come from, remembers them from her dark past – and her shocking revelation of their provenance sets off a frenzied hunt for Nazi Ruda Mayek.

The Pearl Thief is a stunning piece of historical fiction which will appeal in particular to fans of the genre who love being whisked away to faraway countries and McIntosh’s detailed descriptions of Prague, Yorkshire, and Paris certainly do that. History enthusiasts will also relish the rich and authentic depiction of a post-war, 1960’s Europe and the depth of research that obviously went into it.

Action-packed and fast-paced, with twists and a particularly delicious cat and mouse game, all those who enjoy a lively read will devour this book too. McIntosh has a huge following, and for the die-hard fans, The Pearl Thief, believed by many to be her best work yet, is a must under the tree this Christmas.

About the Author:

Fiona McIntosh is an internationally bestselling author of novels for adults and 
children. She co-founded an award-winning travel magazine with her husband, which they ran for fifteen years while raising their twin sons before she became a full-time author. Fiona roams the world researching and drawing inspiration for her novels, and runs a series of highly respected fiction masterclasses. She calls South Australia home.

Read our review of The Pearl Thief here, or purchase a copy here.

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                      Synopsis

                      Severine Kassel is asked by the Louvre in 1963 to aid the British Museum with curating its antique jewellery, her specialty. Her London colleagues find her distant and mysterious; her cool beauty the topic of conversations around its quiet halls. No one could imagine that she is a desperately damaged woman, hiding her trauma behind her chic, French image.It is only when some dramatic Byzantine pearls are loaned to the Museum that Severine’s poise is dashed and the tightly controlled life she’s built around herself is shattered. Her shocking revelation of their provenance sets off a frenzied hunt for Nazi Ruda Mayek.Mossad’s interest is triggered and one of its most skilled agents comes out of retirement to join the hunt, while the one person who can help her – the solicitor handling the Pearls – is bound by client confidentiality. As Severine follows Mayek’s trail, there is still one lifelong secret for her to reveal – and one for her to discover.From the snowy woodlands outside Prague to the Tuilieries of Paris and the heather-covered moors of Yorkshire comes a confronting and heart-stopping novel that explores whether love and hope can ever overpower atrocity in a time of war and hate.
                      Fiona McIntosh
                      About the author

                      Fiona McIntosh

                      Fiona McIntosh was born in England, spent her early childhood in West Africa and has lived in Australia for the past three decades. She worked for many years in the travel industry but after her shift to full-time writing she roams the world researching and drawing inspiration for her novels. To date she has written twenty-six novels, including seven novels for children.

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