The French Photographer
Published: March 2019
Drawing inspiration from the life of pioneering photojournalist Lee Miller, this latest offering from Natasha Lester illuminates the challenges faced by female correspondents during World War II, taking readers to the frontline with fresh perspective. The story moves seemlessly between the 1940’s life of model-turned-photojournalist Jessica May and that of art-handler D’Arcy in 2005. Real characters and events are woven throughout the narrative, effectively highlighting the double standards of the period and the struggles faced by women to advance into male-dominated roles and remain there. In her sympathetic exploration of war, relationships, and women’s changing roles across the decades, Lester’s voice is relevant for readers beyond just the historical fiction genre. And, as her readers have come to expect, she keeps the mystery unfolding to the very last page.