Luke Devenish
books & plays

The Secret Heiress audiobook

Read by Kate Rawson

Now available as an Unabridged CD or MP3 Audiobook, published by Bolinda.

Available from all good Bookshops, Sanity music stores / Download from: @audible_au / @itunes / BorrowBox - Your Library in one app


"A fabulous upstairs, downstairs drama... Devenish's plot is as thick as Biddy's broth." 

Australian Women's Weekly 

"Luke Devenish is a master at the dramatic cliffhanger." 

Daily Telegraph 

"You can never be quite sure what you are seeing..." 

The West Australian 

"All the Gothic elements plus a little bit more." 

Sydney Morning Herald 

"I thought I knew exactly what to expect: a fabled house, old money, and identical twins. I was wrong. This book is so much more... and the twists at the end were well worth it." 

New Zealand Herald 

The Secret Heiress in Russia

Out now

The Secret Heiress has been translated for Russian publication by Hemiro.

Taking time out to write a new book in 2018

Women of the French Resistance inside the Paris Ritz

I'm taking time out in the first half of this year to write a new novel, due to be published in 2019 by Simon & Schuster.

Set in the Ritz Hotel, Paris, from the Nazi Occupation through to the Allied Liberation, the as yet untitled new historical novel features an upstairs/downstairs mix of secret Resistance fighters, self-serving French collaborators and some truly repellent Nazis, who together are the denizens of the world's most famous hotel throughout the Second World War.

The novel's heroine is Polly Hartford, a young English girl living on the Riviera with her eccentric aunt, a famed soprano, in 1940. When the aunt dies unexpectedly, leaving her niece a fortune, Polly is taken under the collective wing of the late diva's three dearest friends - a film star, a jewellery designer, and a countess - who together bring Polly to the Ritz Hotel, just as the forces of Germany invade.

Drawn from real life characters and extraordinary events, there will be more information on my new book in the months to come. 

University Teaching Award

Like most writers I wear several hats

As well as writing novels and plays, and thanks to my background in television, I also teach screenwriting at the University of Melbourne. Together with my screenwriting colleagues Ben Michael, Annabelle Murphy and Philippa Burne, I won a prestigious award for Programs that Enhance Learning as part of the Australian Federal Government’s 2017 Awards for University Teaching.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Screenwriting degree is a pioneer in the design of innovative whole-student learning curricula in screenwriting programs in Australia.


Simon Birmingham, the Federal Minister for Education, said of the Awards: “Great teachers can bestow great benefits on their students by inspiring a thirst for lifelong learning and inquiry, by equipping them with the ability and imagination to respond to changing circumstances in innovative ways.”

As passionate about teaching as I am about writing, I wholeheartedly agree.

Historical Novelists Society Australasia Conference 2017

Reading out my sex scenes...

Decidedly smutty fun was had back in September when I joined fellow novelists Anna Campbell and Kate Forsyth in reading out our very best/worst sex scenes, to the horror/delight of our fellow Historical Novelists Society Australasia Conference attendees. 

The Secret Heiress

Den of Wolves

Nest of Vipers


Fun & Games with the Oresteia

St Rose of Lima

Disturbing the Dust

Grace Among the Christians

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