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Eleanor's Secret

Caroline Beecham



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Allen & Unwin
28 April 2020
London, 1942 When art school graduate, Eleanor Roy, is recruited by the War Artists Advisory Committee, she comes one step closer to realising her dream of becoming one of the few female war artists. But breaking into the art establishment proves difficult until Eleanor meets painter, Jack Valante, only to be separated by his sudden posting overseas.

Melbourne, 2010 Although reluctant to leave her family at home, Kathryn can't refuse her grandmother Eleanor's request to travel to London to help her return a precious painting to its artist. But when the search uncovers a long-held family secret, Kathryn has to make a choice to return home or risk her family's future, as Eleanor shows her that safeguarding the future is sometimes worth more than protecting the past.

Eleanor's Secret is at once a surprising mystery and compelling love story.


Beecham's easy-flowing prose and astute structure make the pages fly.' - Sydney Morning Herald 'An intriguing read that switches effortlessly between war-torn London in the 1940s to Melbourne in 2010. A meticulously researched novel that shows the enduring power of love, the damage of secrets and how dreams come true.' - Weekly Times 'A captivating wartime mystery of past deceits, family confidences and long-lasting love.' - PS News
By:   Caroline Beecham
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm, 
Weight:   420g
ISBN:   9781760529918
ISBN 10:   1760529915
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   28 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Caroline Beecham grew up at the English seaside and relocated to Australia to continue her career as a writer and producer in film and television. She has worked on a documentary about Princess Diana lookalikes, a series about journeys to the ends of the earth, as well as a feature film about finding the end of the rainbow. Caroline decided on a new way of storytelling and studied the craft of novel writing at the Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin in 2012. She has an MA in Film & Television and a MA in Creative Writing and lives with her husband and two sons by Sydney harbour. She is the author of Maggie's Kitchen and Eleanor's Secret. Her third novel, Finding Eadie, will be published by Allen & Unwin in 2020.

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