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I write novels and plays where I try to rethink history in a particularly personal way.

I write widely about periods and places that fascinate me, yet always with a purpose in mind. 

I write about people whom history overlooks, be it because of their gender, their age, their class, or some other reason they have no control over. 

I write about people who are sidelined by those who wield power, doomed to live in the wings, watching on patiently until those in the spotlight unexpectedly miss their cues. 

In all of my stories, a life-changing moment comes when the person in the shadows sees their chance to step forward into the light, in order to make history their own...

Listen to me interviewed on the wonderful Words and Nerds podcast here.

More interviews with me here.

Luke Devenish author

Luke Devenish author

The Heart of the Ritz

Out now in paperback, e-book and audiobook

"Fans of historical fiction will devour this page-turner. A wonderful book to curl up with - you won't be able to put it down."

Better Reading

"Dramatic and tumultuous... These women will have you both weeping and laughing... You will be on the edge of your seat fretting over the fate of the cast."

Mrs B's Book Reviews

"Marvellously colourful characters in a tale with so many twists and turns make The Heart of the Ritz a real page-turner"

J. R. Lonie, bestselling author of The Woman From Saint Germain

"A fabulous book!"

Beauty & Lace Book Club

Four women join forces to survive the invasion of Paris with conviction, courage… and style.

France, April 1940. Orphan Polly Hartford has been sent across oceans to her Aunt Marjorie, known only from letters. When Marjorie dies in suspicious circumstances, Polly is left with her aunt’s loaded pistol in a beautiful Hermès handbag... and to the care of Marjorie’s three closest friends: an elegant Comtesse, a gutter-born film star, and a big-hearted American heiress.

Polly is taken to live at the Hôtel Ritz, where staff and guests believe wealth and prestige protect them from war… But when the Nazis invade, the illusion is shattered. 

As Paris deteriorates, Polly and her guardians face the horrors of the Occupation with daring, humour and style – even romance – and despite their dangerous secrets, disastrous under the Nazis, they discover just what they are capable of.

As the Liberation approaches, those who survive at the Ritz must face a day of reckoning, but one truth stands tall: at the heart of the Ritz is the soul of resistance.

A sweeping, dramatic story about conviction and courage, drawn from real characters and extraordinary events.

Read more about The Heart of the Ritz here.

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The Heart of the Ritz audiobook

"Jennifer Vuletic excels at making this odd assortment of wealthy women seem real. This warm account places listeners in a world of fashion, danger, and intrigue."

Audiofile Magazine

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The Secret Heiress


"A fabulous upstairs, downstairs drama." 

Australian Women's Weekly 

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

Daily Telegraph 

"A deviously dark and dramatic tale." 

Tasmanian Times

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

Sydney Morning Herald 

"I thought I knew exactly what to expect... I was wrong. This book is so much more... and the twists at the end were well worth it." 

New Zealand Herald

Read more about The Secret Heiress here.

Listen to me talking about The Secret Heiress on Radio 3CR's Published or Not here

The Secret Heiress audiobook

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Den of Wolves



“…a unique and compelling storyline, and a new view of power in Rome…” 

Sunday Canberra Times 

“…a thrilling tale of sex, murder and corruption…”  

Sydney Star Observer 

“…each chapter leaves you teetering at the edge of a precipice.”  


“…each page seems to bleed colour… Devenish knows how to hook his readers with the plot and dishes out spectacle after spectacle of murder, betrayal, sexual excess…”  


“With an incredible narrative power and his distinguished storytelling talent at full strength, Devenish delivers a breathtaking debut novel that is both grand in scope and vivid in detail. Violent, sensual and insanely sordid, the Julio-Claudian tale sweeps the reader into a whirlpool of murder, betrayal, passion, splendour and chaotic mayhem that defined ancient Rome.”   

The Independent Weekly 

Nest of Vipers



“The cover really does tell it like it is… Roman villainy, lust and betrayal…”  

West Australian 

“...scheming, murdering and sexual shenanigans...”   

Sunday Age 

“…the most diabolical characters in Ancient Rome were women, as you will discover…”  

Brisbane News 

“Devenish has built an incredibly detailed, rich version of Ancient Rome, an astounding place, populated by an equally astounding number of quite unpleasant characters… This is a no holds barred use of sex, violence, manipulation, cruelty and intrigue… The Empress of Rome series would definitely be a set of books for any reader who loves this period of time.”  


“An entertaining read!”  


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