The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte – in print by Harper Collins Australia
& Bolinda Audio recording in English.
read by Australian actor, Caroline Lee.
I can confirm that being ensconced under a feather doona late at night – with rain pelting the tin roof – while listening to Caroline’s voice, was a delightful experience!
Caroline is an extremely gifted actor and narrator who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. She’s performed for various theatre companies including Melbourne Theatre Company and Playbox. Caroline has also acted in numerous film and television productions such as: Blue Heelers, Halifax FP, Dogs in Space and the internationally popular drama, Neighbours.
This Bolinda Audio recording is complete, unabridged & MP3 ready. www.bolinda.com
Hotel du Barry is 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, into German by Harper Collins Germany 2017 and into Spanish by Harper Collins Ibérica, SA 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
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.
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?
If you are a reader …
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 …
Reading, Writing and Riesling
Review & Guest Post by Lesley Truffle.
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 …
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 …
PUBLISHED … OR NOT radio interview with Jan Goldsmith & David McClean 3CR 855 Community Radio
Thursday 23 Februray 2017
‘Lesley Truffle & The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte.’
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
Hotel du Barry (left) Italian edition: Harper Collins Italy (right) English edition: Harper Collins Australia.
Translated version of Hotel du Barry
Harper Collins Germany
Hotel du Barry oder das Findelkind in der Suppenschüssel
Cover of hardback German edition by Lesley Truffle.