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The Artist’s Secret by Australian author Alexandra Joel – out now in the UK

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The Artist’s Secret by Australian author Alexandra Joel is now out in the UK. Joel is the former editor of Harper’s Bazaar and of Portfolio – Australia’s first magazine for “working women” – and has been a regular contributor to The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend Magazine.

“I’m thrilled as I really think it’s my best book yet,” says Joel. “Join my heroine Wren Summers as she takes on the glittering, ‘greed is good’ 1980s world of international art auctions. Wren faces the challenges of finding a missing girl and a hidden masterpiece while dealing with a ruthless Mafia crime boss, a suspect Italian art dealer and a shadowy media mogul. It’s a glamorous, dangerous world where one wrong step will threaten everything she has strived for.”

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A missing girl, a hidden masterpiece, and the search for the truth…

1965: After escaping from anti-war turmoil and the suffocating weight of family expectations, a beautiful young couple embrace a life free of materialism and tradition by a sapphire lake in Italy. But the past does not always let go so easily.

1987: When talented art historian Wren Summers lands her dream job at the Sydney Art Museum, it seems she can finally leave her wildly unconventional background behind – until a treacherous act threatens everything she has strived for. The revelation of a monstrous family secret sees Wren head to New York, compelled to find the missing girl who holds the key to this shocking mystery – and to make a fresh start in the glittering realm of international art auctions.

As she struggles to fulfil her quest, can she navigate this new, high-stakes world of swirling temptation, romance and deceit, danger and betrayal, while staying true to what she knows is right?

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