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15th February 2021 Costi Levy (2019, Philosophy and Spanish)

Georgia Kaufmann publishes The Dressmaker of Paris

‘Sensuous, sweeping and utterly engrossing’ (Rachel Rhys), The Dressmaker of Paris is a new novel by alumna Dr Georgia Kaufmann (1989, Social Anthropology).

The novel tells the story of Rosa Kusstatscher, a remarkable woman who has built a global fashion empire upon her ability to find the perfect outfit for any occasion. It is the story of a poor country girl from a village high in the mountains of Italy. Of Nazi occupation and fleeing in the night. Of hope and heartbreak in Switzerland; glamour and love in Paris. Of ambition and devastation in Rio de Janeiro; success and self-discovery in New York.

The novel has received wide praise. Iona Grey, author of The Glittering Hour, writes: ‘The Dressmaker of Paris is glorious. It really reminded me of the great blockbusters of Judith Krantz, Shirley Conran and Barbara Taylor Bradford – the books that captured my heart and my imagination as a teenager and made me fall in love with reading. An epic, absorbing story spanning the lifetime of one extraordinary woman through hardship, heartbreak and survival. It swept me away. I’ll be recommending it far and wide, and I’m already looking forward to whatever Georgia writes next.’

Sunday Express S Magazine called The Dressmaker of Paris ‘A beautifully written novel that sweeps the readers across the globe and through the decades.’

The Dressmaker of Paris was published in January 2021 by Hodder and Stoughton and is available for purchase here.

Book cover of The Dressmaker of Paris by Georgia Kaufmann

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