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Published December 12th 2017

Revenge, redemption ... and pastry. The witty new novel from the author of Hotel du Barry, for fans of Jonas Jonasson.

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 own spectacular downfall.

The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte: revenge, redemption and pastry, is a novel of dastardly deeds, intrepid protagonists, dark villains, wild gangs, luxurious hotels … and murder.

Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte
The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte. Book cover. Courtesy of Readings

Sasha likes hard centre, I love soft centre... we can be friends. And I am talking chocolates, what did you think?

I am not off my head with champagne and devilishly delicious pastries and gateaux or am I?

If you are looking for a yummy fairy tale for power girls (women), look no further. Sasha Torte's memoirs is the book for you.

Your head will spin from all the colourful Tasmanian history (when I say colourful, I do not mean just colours of the foliage), kaleidoscope of fashion, jewellery, desserts, lovers, trysts, intrigue and vigilante heroics.

This book is an amazing concoction that could have taken place only in this very young country of ours. Anything could have happened in Tasmania in the early 20th century and anything and everything did. Tasmanian tigers walked on estates, drunks quoted Shakespeare, whores dubbed in magic and gentry walked the tightrope (literary and figuratively).

I absolutely love Sasha Torte. I am as in love with her as I am in love with dark chocolate (that's a lot). She is an amazing character. Even when she is on drugs she is adorable. Sasha is lovable through all her bipolar episodes. She is a very strong, determinate and... through everything that happens to her, she is very content with everything that happens to her and around her.

This book is truly a fairy tale for grown-up strong women of this world. It's a nice escape and a revelation. It's a gift and a surprise on every page.

I absolutely loved the book, pastries and ghosts and all.

Come and look for Sasha's treats in all the good bookstores. Readings is one of them
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Your Comment
As good as chocolate? MMMM
by May Cross (score: 3|7239) 1050 days ago
Sounds most interesting!
BTW, it is “dabbled” in magic not dubbed.
by fluffynut (score: 2|939) 1050 days ago
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