The Dressmaker of Dachau

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W. F. Howes Limited, 2016 - Large type books - 409 pages
London, spring 1939. 18-year-old Ada Vaughan, a beautiful and ambitious seamstress, has just started work for a modiste in Dover Street. A career in couture is hers for the taking - she has the skill and the drive - if only she can break free from the dreariness of family life in Lambeth. A chance meeting with the enigmatic Stanislaus von Lieben catapults Ada into a world of glamour and romance. When he suggests a trip to Paris, Ada is blind to all the warnings of war on the continent: this is her chance for a new start. Anticipation turns to despair when war is declared and the two are trapped in France. When the Nazis invade, Stanislaus abandons her and she is taken prisoner, sent to Germany as slave labour and forced to survive on her wits alone.

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User Review  - flourgirl49 - LibraryThing

Does one need to like the main character of a book in order to like the book itself? I find that this is generally true for me - however, this book is an exception. Ada Vaughan makes very poor ... Read full review

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User Review  - Iambookish - LibraryThing

The narrative in this book was intriguing and well written, but the main character was so ridiculous and ingenuous that it was hard to read this with a straight face. Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Mary Chamberlain has lived and worked in England and the Caribbean, and is Emeritus Professor of History at Oxford Brookes University. Her book, Fenwomen, was the first to be published by Virago Press in 1975. Since then she has written many books on women's history, oral history and Caribbean history. She is a graduate of the acclaimed Creative Writing MA at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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