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Liz Trenow's family have been silk weavers for nearly three hundred years, and she grew up in the house next to the mill in Suffolk, England, which still operates today, weaving for top-end fashion houses and royal commissions.
It was the recollections of Liz's father about how, during the Second World War, the mill worked night and day weaving parachute silk, that inspired her first novel, The Last Telegram. It is the story of Lily Verner, a young woman who has to grow up very quickly and learn to manage the stresses and trials behind the Home Front in the Second World War.
The love story at the heart of the novel is also based on real life events and characters. In 1939, when war was imminent, Liz's family were so concerned about the plight of their many Jewish friends and business colleagues in Europe that travel to England and work at the mill. One of them fell in love with a local girl and, after internment in Australia and fighting for the Allies in Burma, returned to work at the mill, married and had a family, and lived a long and happy life. Unfortunately the story in The Last Telegram is not quite so straightforward!
Liz says: 'It is a coming of age story, a tale of love and loss, and how we come to terms with the mistakes we make.'
Liz lives in Essex, England, with her sculptor husband, and has two grown-up daughters. As Liz Curry, she has worked as a journalist for national and regional newspapers, and for BBC radio and television news, followed by a career in PR and communications. She is now a full time writer. Her second and third novels, The Last Seamstress and The Poppy Factory, will be released in 2014 by HarperCollins.
'A beautifully moving love story, reminiscent in tone and subject of Nicholas Sparks's The Notebook, and Ian McEwan's Atonement, Lily's tale will resonate with fans of each.' Booklist
The Forgotten Seamstress
by Liz Trenow
"An intriguing patchwork of past and present, upstairs and downstairs, hope and despair." —Daisy Goodwin, New York Times bestselling author of The American Heiress She Kept Her Secret for a Lifetime... A shy girl with no family, Maria knows she's lucky to have landed in the sewing room of the royal household. Before World War...
"A book to savor."-Kate Furnivall, author of The Russian Concubine We all make mistakes. Some we can fix. But what happens when we can't? Decades ago, as Nazi planes dominated the sky, Lily Verner made a terrible choice. She's tried to forget, but now an unexpected event pulls her back to the 1940s...
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