Albertine is an exquisite rose. For a short, rampant period in spring, she puts out mouth-watering apricot-pink flowers. But her name signifies the unbearable: the likelihood that you are being deceived.
Judith Armstrong was born and educated in Melbourne, and has lived in Europe, Russia, the South Pacific and the Americas. In 1996 she left the University of Melbourne, where she was teaching languages and European studies, to write full-time. She is the author of several non-fiction books including The Christesen Romance, shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year, and the The Cook and the Maestro: The Story of Stefano and Sergio de Pieri. The French Tutor was her first work of fiction, published in 2003; her most recent is the critically acclaimed War and Peace and Sonya, a novel based on the diaries of Sophia Tolstoy, telling the story of her troubled marriage to Russian literary master, Leo Tolstoy.
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