At 14, Simone Fleurier is wrenched from her home on a Provencal lavender farm and sent to work at the boarding house of her Aunt in Marseilles. Her life there is hard and impoverished, until she discovers the local music hall. Suddenly Simone has a dream: one day she will be a famous singer and dancer.
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Belinda Alexandra has been published to wide acclaim in Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Holland, Poland, Norway, and Spain. She is the daughter of a Russian mother and Australian father and has been an intrepid traveller since her youth. Her love of other cultures and languages is matched by her passion for her home country, Australia, where she is a volunteer rescuer and caregiver for the NSW Wildlife Information and Rescue Service.
Hood has worked extensively in theatre, television and radio.
Kate Hood's clear and gentle voice is ideal for narrating the journey of Simone Fleurier. Belinda Alexandra's heroine becomes the listener's personal guide through a tumultuous slice of place and history, provincial and urban France before and during WWII. Besides giving Simone the authentic tone of a maturing young woman, Hood also provides believable voices for male characters, ranging from the gruff uncle to the urbane Andr&EACUTE;. The descriptions of the Provençal countryside are as compelling as the details of the European music halls, where Simone rises to fame. This twenty-hour romantic escape is conveniently presented on two CDs, although an MP3-compatible player is required. R.F. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007202792