Based on the true story of the woman known as La Maupin, this is an original novel that tells the compelling story of one of history's most unforgettable women.

Versailles, 1686: Julie d'Aubigny, a striking young girl who has been taught to fence and fight in the court of the Sun King, is taken as mistress by the King's Master of Horse.

She is tempestuous and volatile and within two short years she has run away with her fencing master, fallen in love with a nun and is hiding from the authorities, sentenced to be burned at the stake. Within another year, she has become a beloved star at the famed Paris Opéra. Her lovers include some of Europe's most powerful men and France's most beautiful women. Yet Julie dies alone in a convent at the age of 33.

Based on an extraordinary true story, this is an original and witty novel - a dazzling portrait of an unforgettable woman.

Kelly Gardiner is a writer of novels, poetry and short fiction. Her poetry has been published in journals including Going Down Swinging and Southerly and she is the author of two YA novels Act of Faith and The Sultan's Eyes.

Act of Faith was named by the Children's Book Council of Australia as one of the Notable Australian Books of 2012 and was highly commended in the Australian Society of Authors' Barbara Jefferis Awards in 2012. Kelly is currently completing a PhD.

Harper Collins Australia
Author: Kelly Gardiner
ISBN: 9780732298883
RRP: $29.99