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The Image of Laura

By Joy Martin

From 1930s Berlin to contemporary London, nothing has escaped Laura Conway’s trusty Leica camera. 

She’s famed throughout the world for her shots as diverse as innocent children and drop-outs in pre-war Berlin to the long-legged catwalk models and celebrities of the swinging sixties. Now 75, the art world is celebrating Laura’s birthday with a glittering opening party at her retrospective exhibition. And Cassie, her journalist granddaughter, has discovered the perfect present – she’s tracked down the very handcrafted desk belonging to Laura at the start of her career, back in Berlin.

But the moment of unveiling only brings shock and sorrow. Cassie is horrified. What dreadful memories has the bureau brought back? Cassie begins to realize that her famous grandmother – always ready to listen and advise on the trials of love of those around her – has never really come clean about her own affairs of the heart…

Sweeping across defining moments in history of the twentieth century, The Image of Laura is a gripping tale of passion, family loyalty and art.

About the author…

Joy Martin was born in Limerick. She trained as a journalist and worked on Dublin’s Evening Press, then moved to writing news for the Zambia Broadcasting Corporation and the BBC Home and External Services. She has also broadcast on radio in Ireland, Zambia, South Africa and Britain. She is the acclaimed author of, among other titles, A Wrong to SweetenA Heritage of Wrong and The Moon is Red in April.

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