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Secrets and Scandals: The Allure of Uncovering Hidden Pasts

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Fine art, luxury jewellery, espionage, royal scandal and danger. Alexandra Joel, Christine Wells and Belinda Alexandra are expert in interweaving the intrigue of past lives into novels set in cities such as Paris, New York and Cairo. Diane Murray asks what inspired their stories, what methods they use to tease out their mysteries, and the challenges encountered when portraying time periods within living memory.


About Alexandra Joel

Alexandra Joel is a bestselling author whose books, The Paris Model, The Royal Correspondent and, most recently, The Artist’s Secret have been published around the world. Her biography, Rosetta: A Scandalous True Story was optioned for the screen by a major US-owned production company. She is also the author of two landmark books on the history of fashion in Australia. Alexandra is a former editor of Harper’s Bazaar Australia and of Portfolio, Australia’s first magazine for working women. She has also been a practising counsellor and psychotherapist.

About Christine Wells

Christine Wells is an internationally bestselling author of sixteen historical novels—most recently, SISTERS OF THE RESISTANCE, A Novel of Catherine Dior’s Paris Spy Network, ONE WOMAN’S WAR, A Novel of the Real Miss Moneypenny, and THE ROYAL WINDSOR SECRET. As a former corporate lawyer, Christine often features legal themes in her books. Christine lives in Brisbane, Australia, and loves sharing her knowledge of the writing craft and the publishing business with other writers through workshops and private mentorships.

About Belinda Alexandra

Belinda Alexandra’s bestselling books have been published around the world, including the United States, Spain, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Hungary and Poland. She is the daughter of a Russian mother and an Australian father and has been fascinated by world culture and travel since her youth. She lives in Sydney with her three black cats and a garden full of interesting wildlife. Her hobbies include dancing, piano and foreign languages. A lover of all creatures, Belinda volunteers with several animal charities. Her latests books include THE FRENCH AGENT – an historical mystery thriller set in France and Australia – and EMBOLDENED where she writes about four real life historical women who have influenced her fiction and her life.

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