The Hotel du Barry is now published in Spanish translation by Harper Collins Iberica, S.A.
… la fiesta acaba de empezar
(Let the party begin!)
First published (in English) by Harper Collins Australia, 2016. Translated into Italian by Harper Collins Italy, 2016 and into German by Harper Collins Germany, 2017. Also available as large print and e-book by Harper Collins, 2016. And as an audio book by Bolinda Audio, 2016 – complete and unabridged & read by actress Willow Nash see: www. bolinda.com
The Narratives Library http://www.narrativeslibrary.com/
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The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte & The Hotel du Barry (read by Lesley Truffle) can now be sampled at The Narratives Library – readings are 5 minutes long.
What is the Narratives Library?
The Narratives Library has been created around one simple idea, we all love stories. How much more wonderful can it be then to hear the voice of the person who wrote the story , reading their own words just for you?
This library provides a permanent, online resource for community radio stations, educational institutions,book clubs, writers and readers – anyone who is interested in books , stories and writing.
Karena Wynn-Moylan is the creator of The Narratives Library. Karena hosts Narratives Library recordings on her Bay FM Arts Canvass show, Thursday’s 9-11am.
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Listen to small excerpts from authors reading on many different themes by clicking on the tab that interests you in the top bar or use the box on the right hand side of the page . You can also search for authors by name in the INDEX page. The Book covers in the gallery below also link to category pages that the author is placed on.
Better Reading: Q & A with Lesley Truffle
Feb 14 2017
Better Reading Q & A:
Since we loved The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte so much we had to find out more. In the following interview we spoke to Aussie gem Lesley Truffle about the development of her quirky yet powerful characters, what’s up next for her and (of course) everything baking:
BR: There are so many interesting and quirky characters in The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte: from her lovers to the servants, prisoners, and even Alphonse the pet fish. Did you have a favourite to write, and if so, why?
LT: My favourite character is the infamous Sasha Torte herself. I’ve known her a long time. She began life in a play I wrote, and then evolved into the main protagonist in my second novel. Sasha is clever, irreverent, capricious, sensual, witty and courageous. She frequently indulges in risky behaviour but she’s got a strong moral compass and is the first to laugh at her own conceits and foibles. Even when she’s at her absolute worst I feel for her. Sasha survived a rotten childhood, raised herself in a corrupt Tasmanian harbour town, and at the age of seventeen overcame the odds to successfully establish her own glamorous cake emporium. Sasha is extremely fond of champagne and she likes nothing better than a few chocolat bouchons washed down with champagne. I hold Sasha personally responsible for the indiscreet quantity of champagne I imbibed as I wrote her tale …
Read more at: http://www.betterreading.com.au/news/the-scandalous-life-of-sasha-torte-by-lesley-truffle-a-wonderful-new-treat/
Book Launch – The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte: February 16 2017 Readings Book Shop – Acland Street St Kilda
Scandal and revenge to be sure, but the fur is fake.
The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte was launched by MC/comedian Kyle Minall and Rhonda Butchmore. Wallis Murphy-Munn reprised her role as Miss Wilde Transgression in Memoir of a Trollop – written by Lesley Truffle, directed by Christina Costigan & originally produced for Madwomen Monologues.
A good time was had by all, an indiscreet quantity of champagne was imbibed, and scandal and vice were the dominant themes.
The AGE Sunday Life February 5 2017: ‘Odd Jobs’ by Lesley Truffle
I was a child who hid in books and spent way too much time gazing out of classroom windows. I loathed school, and the less said about my university days the better. But I should admit that my path to becoming a writer didn’t just ramble – it took every turn possible and dived down a long series of dark alleys and sinister cul-de-sacs … read more at http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/real-life/the-odd-jobs-that-provided-me-life-experience-en-route-to-becoming-a-writer-20170201-gu3kkx
Reading, Writing and Riesling – review & guest post.
January 30 2017
A captivating/fun/ribald/honest read…and educational. Open the pages and catch a glimpse of colonial Australia, in particular the Wild West coast of Tasmania to a narrative set in the fictional township of Wolfftown. The reader is privy to the extreme vagaries of the rich and the devastatingly poor – the contrast is extreme. Those familiar with the history of the Australian penal settlements and mores of the time will be aware of the huge role alcohol played in society – indeed it was even deemed currency – actual as payment for labour and social currency – snobbery and elitism abounded … read more at https://readingwritingandriesling.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/sacha-torte/
I discovered the joy of cake early in life. It was a rare treat and cake recipes were sacred texts, especially Winston Churchill’s 80th birthday cake recipe. These fruit cakes were baked in advance, stored in our antique sideboard and fed a bottle of brandy. No kidding, those cakes really liked to drink. Size wise the cakes were heifers and could only be handled by my mother. I watched in awe, as over the course of several days she drizzled brandy over the cakes. The heady aroma of drunken fruit cakes meant Christmas was about to be unleashed … read more at
Mamamia – guest post, ‘The Tomb of Love’
23 January 2017
I was 10 years old when my parents divorced. Divorce proceedings had been a long, bitter battle and mud had been flung by both parties. The legal process began when my mother, older sister and myself fled the family home while Edward, my father, was away on business. We moved into a half house rental that came with shabby furniture, dusty drapes and decrepit carpet. The stairs creaked, it was gloomy in winter and stifling in summer … read more at http://www.mamamia.com.au/lesley-truffle-writing/
PUBLISHED … OR NOT – radio interview with Jan Goldsmith & David McClean – 3CR 855 Community Radio – Thursday 23 Februray 2017 @ 11.30am : Lesley Truffle & The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte. A podcast is available at –
BOOK, STAGE & SCREEN – radio interview with Samantha and Gordon Napier – 88.9 Wyn FM Thursday 23 February 2017 @ at 1.00pm. A podcast is available at –
The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte: revenge, redemption and pastry.
See books for link to chapter samples and ‘Dancing with the Devil’
- ISBN: 9781460751442
- ISBN 10: 1460751442
- Imprint: HarperCollins – AU
- On Sale: 23/01/2017
- Pages: 416
- List Price: 29.99 AUD
- BISAC1: Fiction & related items / Gen
In the winter of 1912 on the wild West Coast of Tasmania, Wolfftown’s most notorious heiress and murderess, Sasha Torte, tells the tale of her spectacular downfall.
Forsaken by her parents and raised by criminals and reprobates, Sasha becomes a world-famous pastry chef at the tender age of seventeen. Entanglement with the disreputable Dasher brothers leads to love, but also to a dangerous addiction.
Behind bars in Wolfftown’s gaol, Sasha sips premium champagne as she recalls a life of seduction, betrayal, ghosts, opium and an indiscreet quantity of confectionary – and plots her escape.
The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte: revenge, redemption and pastry is a novel of intrepid protagonists, dark villains, wild gangs, luxurious hotels … and murder.
Translated version of Hotel du Barry – Harper Collins Italy
‘Gli omicidi non sono mai stati così divertenti. Delizioso.‘ Amazon Review
LA FESTA É APPENA COMINCIATA
Cover images by Lesley Truffle (left) Italian edition (right) English edition. Harper Collins Italy https://www.harpercollins.it/HarperCollins/Libri/Narrativa/Hotel-du-Barry
Translated version of Hotel du Barry
– Harper Collins Germany
Hotel du Barry oder das Findelkind in der Suppenschüssel
Cover image of German edition by Lesley Truffle.