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Private Worlds completes Sarah Gainham’s masterly trilogy of twentieth-century Austria. Having survived the Second World War and Vienna’s lethal post-war political intrigues, Julia Homburg, Vienna’s most brilliant actress, and her trusted friend Georg Kerenyi can now return to their private worlds, restore their shattered lives and reaffirm the values that enabled them to transcend the hate, injustice and crimes of those war-torn years. They are determined to seek out the consolation of work, the sweetness of love, the joy of friendship — but memories of the destruction and suffering they witnessed are not always easily buried . . .


There are no heroics; instead Sarah Gainham offers a scrupulously detailed story of individuals forced through barbarism into chaos
Helen Dunmore
Gainham is a master storyteller
David Herman, Jewish Chronicle