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              Books by C. W. Gortner

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              First Actress: A Novel

              First Actress: A Novel (Hardback)

              By Gortner, C. W.

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              The tumultuous life of the legendary French star Sarah Bernhardt--the world's first modern actress and international celebrity--dazzles in this stunning novel for readers of Love and Ruin and Mistress of the Ritz. From her beginnings as the daughter of a high-class courtesan to h...er extraordinary transformation into the most celebrated actress of her era, Sarah Bernhardt is brought to life by an internationally bestselling author praised for his historical novels featuring famous women. Her highly dramatic professional life begins when Sarah's mother pulls her out of convent school to set Sarah up in her own trade as a sexual companion to a rich elderly gentleman. Despite her desire to pursue a career in stage acting, her mother cuts her off and Sarah has no choice but to comply. Pregnant and unmarried at sixteen, she is expected to give up her baby to the nuns, but she refuses to let him go. A natural talent and darkly beautiful, Sarah gets a few theatrical roles, thanks to her bold, innovative acting style that attracts both admiration and scorn. Audiences want to see this controversial young actress, and amazingly, she is hired by the famed Comedie Francaise--only to have her life torn asunder in the savagery of the 1870 Siege of Paris. Amidst the ruins of the city, Sarah nurses wounded soldiers while falling passionately in love with her leading man. Rising to the height of her fame as the toast of Paris, shocking audiences with her uninhibited acting style and portrayal of male characters, Sarah becomes world famous, touring America and Europe to sold-out crowds. Told in her own voice, this is Sarah Bernhardt's incandescent story--a fascinating, intimate account of a woman whose wholly original talent and indomitable spirit has enshrined her in history as the Divine Sarah.
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              ISBN 9781524799076
              Released NZ 2 Jun 2020
              Publisher Random House
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              The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

              The Confessions of Catherine de Medici (Paperback)

              By Gortner, C. W.

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              Passion, adultery and betrayal in the court of one of history's most-maligned queens.

              ISBN 9780340995860
              Released NZ 6 Jan 2011
              Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
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              Marlene: A Novel
                

              Marlene: A Novel (EPUB ebook)

              By Gortner, C. W.

              A lush, dramatic biographical novel of one of the most glamorous and alluring legends of Hollywood's golden age, Marlene Dietrich-from the gender-bending cabarets of Weimar Berlin to the lush film studios of Hollywood, a sweeping story of passion, glamour, ambition, art, and war ...from the author of Mademoiselle Chanel.Raised in genteel poverty after the First World War, Maria Magdalena Dietrich dreams of a life on the stage. When a budding career as a violinist is cut short, the willful teenager vows to become a singer, trading her family's proper, middle-class society for the free-spirited, louche world of Weimar Berlin's cabarets and drag balls. With her sultry beauty, smoky voice, seductive silk cocktail dresses, and androgynous tailored suits, Marlene performs to packed houses and becomes entangled in a series of stormy love affairs that push the boundaries of social convention.For the beautiful, desirous Marlene, neither fame nor marriage and motherhood can cure her wanderlust. As Hitler and the Nazis rise to power, she sets sail for America. Rivaling the success of another European import, Greta Garbo, Marlene quickly becomes one of Hollywood's leading ladies, starring with legends such as Gary Cooper, John Wayne, and Cary Grant. Desperate for her return, Hitler tries to lure her with dazzling promises. Marlene instead chooses to become an American citizen, and after her new nation is forced into World War II, she tours with the USO, performing for thousands of Allied troops in Europe and Africa.But one day she returns to Germany. Escorted by General George Patton himself, Marlene is heartbroken by the war's devastation and the evil legacy of the Third Reich that has transformed her homeland and the family she loved.An enthralling and insightful account of this extraordinary legend, Marlene reveals the inner life of a woman of grit, glamour, and ambition who defied convention, seduced the world, and forged her own path on her own terms.
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              ISBN 9780062406088
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              Released NZ 24 May 2016
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              Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel
                

              Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel (EPUB ebook)

              By Gortner, C. W.

              For readers of The Paris Wife and Z comes this vivid novel full of drama, passion, tragedy, and beauty that stunningly imagines the life of iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel-the ambitious, gifted laundrywoman's daughter who revolutionized fashion, built an international empire,... and become one of the most influential and controversial figures of the twentieth century.Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her siblings are sent to orphanage after their mother's death. The sisters nurture Gabrielle's exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel the willful young woman into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood.Transforming herself into Coco-a seamstress and sometime torch singer-the petite brunette burns with ambition, an incandescence that draws a wealthy gentleman who will become the love of her life. She immerses herself in his world of money and luxury, discovering a freedom that sparks her creativity. But it is only when her lover takes her to Paris that Coco discovers her destiny.Rejecting the frilly, corseted silhouette of the past, her sleek, minimalist styles reflect the youthful ease and confidence of the 1920s modern woman. As Coco's reputation spreads, her couturier business explodes, taking her into rarefied society circles and bohemian salons. But her fame and fortune cannot save her from heartbreak as the years pass. And when Paris falls to the Nazis, Coco is forced to make choices that will haunt her.An enthralling novel of an extraordinary woman who created the life she desired, Mademoiselle Chanel explores the inner world of a woman of staggering ambition whose strength, passion and artistic vision would become her trademark.
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              ISBN 9780062356444
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              Released NZ 17 Mar 2015
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              The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna

              The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Gortner, C. W.

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              Narrated by the mother of Russia's last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia's most compelling women, who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her... dynasty in the final years of its reign. Barely nineteen, Minnie knows that her role as a Danish princess is to leave her family and enter into a royal marriage. Fortune brings Minnie to Russia, where she marries the Romanov heir and becomes empress. When resistance to his reign strikes her family and the tsar sets out to crush all who oppose him, Minnie-now called Maria-must tread a perilous path of compromise in a country she has come to love. Her husband's death leaves their son Nicholas as the inexperienced ruler of a deeply divided empire, together with his headstrong wife, Alexandra, whose fervor has led her to a disturbing relationship with a mystic named Rasputin. As the wave of revolution rises anew to engulf Russia, Maria will face her most dangerous challenge and her greatest heartache. From the opulent palaces of St. Petersburg and the intrigue-laced salons of the aristocracy to World War I battlefields and the bloodied countryside occupied by the Bolsheviks, C. W. Gortner sweeps us into the anarchic fall of an empire and the bold heart of the woman who tried to save it. Story Locale- Late-19th and early-20th-century Russia, Denmark, and England
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              ISBN 9780425286180
              Released NZ 2 Jul 2019
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              The Vatican Princess

              The Vatican Princess (Paperback)

              By Gortner, C. W.

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              From the acclaimed author of THE LAST QUEEN, a novel telling the enthralling story of Lucrezia Borgia in her own words - lavish, scurrilous and full of intrigue.

              ISBN 9781444755107
              Released NZ 14 Mar 2017
              Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
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              Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel
               

              Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel (Paperback)

              By Gortner, C. W.

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              Includes P.S. Insights, interviews & more section.

              ISBN 9780062356437
              Released NZ 25 Jan 2016
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              The Tudor Secret
                

              The Tudor Secret (Audio cassette / Audio)

              By Gortner, C. W.; Read by West, Steve

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              England, 1553: Brendan Prescott, an orphan, is sent on a mission to the king's sister, Princess Elizabeth, but is soon compelled to work as a double agent by her protector, who promises to help him unravel the secret of his past. He soon plunges into a ruthless gambit of half-tru...ths, lies, and murder.
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              ISBN 9781441790972
              Released NZ 15 Feb 2011
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              Series Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles
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              The Last Queen
                

              The Last Queen (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Gortner, C. W.; Read by Gavin, Marguerite

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              A novel of ravishing power. With compassion and deep respect, Gortner brings to life, the dramatic life of Spain's last hereditary queen.

              ISBN 9781433215735
              Released NZ 29 Jul 2008
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              The Queen's Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile
               

              The Queen's Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Gortner, C. W.

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              No one believed I was destined for greatness. So begins Isabella's story, in this evocative, vividly imagined novel about one of history's most famous and controversial queens--the warrior who united a fractured country, the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inqu...isition, and the visionary who sent Columbus to discover a New World. Acclaimed author C. W. Gortner envisages the turbulent early years of a woman whose mythic rise to power would go on to transform a monarchy, a nation, and the world. Young Isabella is barely a teenager when she and her brother are taken from their mother's home to live under the watchful eye of their half-brother, King Enrique, and his sultry, conniving queen. There, Isabella is thrust into danger when she becomes an unwitting pawn in a plot to dethrone Enrique. Suspected of treason and held captive, she treads a perilous path, torn between loyalties, until at age seventeen she suddenly finds herself heiress of Castile, the largest kingdom in Spain. Plunged into a deadly conflict to secure her crown, she is determined to wed the one man she loves yet who is forbidden to her--Fernando, prince of Aragon. As they unite their two realms under one crown, one country, one faith, Isabella and Fernando face an impoverished Spain beset by enemies. With the future of her throne at stake, Isabella resists the zealous demands of the inquisitor Torquemada even as she is seduced by the dreams of an enigmatic navigator named Columbus. But when the Moors of the southern domain of Granada declare war, a violent, treacherous battle against an ancient adversary erupts, one that will test all of Isabella's resolve, her courage, and her tenacious belief in her destiny. From the glorious palaces of Segovia to the battlefields of Granada and the intrigue-laden gardens of Seville, The Queen's Vow sweeps us into the tumultuous forging of a nation and the complex, fascinating heart of the woman who overcame all odds to become Isabella of Castile.
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              ISBN 9780345523976
              Released NZ 2 Jul 2013
              Publisher Ballantine Books
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