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The Secret Messenger

Written by: Mandy Robotham
Narrated by: Karen Cass, Alma Costa
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The highly awaited new novel from the internationally best-selling author of The German Midwife (also published as A Woman of War).

Venice, 1943.

The world is at war, and Stella Jilani is leading a double life. By day she works in the lion’s den as a typist for the Reich, by night she risks her life as a messenger for the Italian resistance. Against all odds, Stella must impart Nazi secrets, smuggle essential supplies and produce an underground newspaper on her beloved typewriter.

But when German commander General Breugal becomes suspicious, it seems he will stop at nothing to find the mole, and Stella knows her future could be in jeopardy.

London, 2017.

Luisa Belmont finds a mysterious old typewriter in her attic. Determined to find out who it belonged to, Luisa delves into the past and uncovers a story of fierce love, unimaginable sacrifice and ultimately the worst kind of betrayal....

Set between German-occupied 1940s Venice and modern-day London, this is a fascinating tale of the bravery of everyday women in the darkest corners of WWII, for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.

©2020 Mary Robotham (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the critics say

"Unique, emotional and life-affirming." (Melanie Hudson, author of The Last Letter from Juliet)

"I felt I was walking alongside Stella over bridges and along canals at every heartstopping moment.... Wonderful." (Molly Green, author of An Orphan’s Wish)

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