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Great escapes

asmanian-based New Zealand author Stephanie Parkyn’s invites you to live, breathe and smell the air in post-revolutionary France. It’s 1794 and an unsettled time, with Parkyn painting a fraught world, especially for female courtesans trying to survive and prosper. This historical novel takes you into the high-pressure environment of Napoléon Bonaparte and his wife, Joséphine, a socialite actually named Rose de Beauharnais, and also into the sphere of botany and the gardens being created in France by a competitive group of globe-trotting naturalists who brought back the seeds of the most

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