"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."
"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
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.
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.
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.