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The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite (Paperback)
  • The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite (Paperback)

The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 08/01/2009
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As the clock chimed the turn of the twentieth century, Lilly Nelly Aphrodite took her first breath. Born to a cabaret dancer and soon orphaned in a scandalous double murder, Lilly finds refuge at a Catholic orphanage, coming under the wing of the, at times, severe Sister August, the first in a string of lost loves. There she meets Hanne Schmidt, a teen prostitute, and forms a bond that will last them through tumultuous love affairs, disastrous marriages, and destitution during the First World War and the subsequent economic collapse. As the century progresses, Lilly and Hanne move from the tawdry glamour of the tingle-tangle nightclubs to the shadow world of health films before Lilly finds success and stardom in the new medium of motion pictures and ultimately falls in love with a man whose fate could cost her everything she has worked for or help her discover her true self. Gripping and darkly seductive, The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite showcases all the glitter and splendour of the brief heyday of the Weimar Republic, and the rise of Hollywood to its golden age. As it foreshadows the horrors of the Second World War, the novel asks what price is paid when identity becomes unfixed and the social order is upended.

Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
ISBN: 9781848540316

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I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked that the story wasn't only based on one character and I found the historical information really interesting. (Waterstones Card holder)

13th July 2010
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A totally beautiful novel that follows the life of an orphan, throughout her fascinating life. (& numerous other character's equally interesting lives.) It also contains interesting hitstorical information... More

28th June 2011
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“The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite”

A blend of 'Moulin Rouge' with 'Cabaret' this story sweeps along the reader & leaves you wanting more. Megan Walker, Waterstone's Cardholder.

9th June 2009
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