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Publisher's Summary

"From a few shimmering strands of truth, Lauren Chater has spun an intriguing story of love, loss and fulfilment." (Pip Williams, best-selling author of The Dictionary of Lost Words)

Two women separated by centuries but connected by one beautiful silk dress. A captivating novel based on a real-life shipwreck discovered off Texel Island by the best-selling author of Gulliver's Wife, Lauren Chater.

Jo Baaker, a textiles historian and Dutch ex-pat is drawn back to the island where she was born to investigate the provenance of a 17th century silk dress. Retrieved by local divers from a sunken shipwreck, the dress offers tantalising clues about the way people lived and died during Holland's famous Golden Age.

Jo's research leads her to Anna Tesseltje, a poor Amsterdam laundress turned ladies’ companion who served the enigmatic artist Catharina van Shurman. The two women were said to share a powerful bond, so why did Anna abandon Catharina at the height of her misfortune?

Jo is convinced the truth lies hidden between the folds of this extraordinary dress. But as she delves deeper into Anna’s history, troubling details about her own past begin to emerge.

On the small Dutch island of Texel where fortunes are lost and secrets lie buried for centuries, Jo will finally discover the truth about herself and the woman who wore the Winter Dress.

Praise for The Winter Dress

"Vivid, expansive and richly imagined, The Winter Dress weaves together a fascinating historical mystery and an uncompromising portrait of the possibility and price of female autonomy with remarkable and deeply affecting results." (James Bradley, author of Wrack)

"Wrap yourself in Chater's prose. The Winter Dress is a captivating tale of discovery and obsession by one of Australia's very best historical fiction authors. Absolutely essential reading." (Melissa Ashley, author of The Birdman’s Wife)

©2022 Lauren Chater (P)2022 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"From a few shimmering strands of truth, Lauren Chater has spun an intriguing story of love, loss and fulfilment." — Pip Williams, best-selling author of The Dictionary of Lost Words

"‘Vivid, expansive and richly imagined, The Winter Dress weaves together a fascinating historical mystery and an uncompromising portrait of the possibility and price of female autonomy with remarkable and deeply affecting results." — James Bradley, author of Wrack

"Wrap yourself in Chater's sumptuous prose. The Winter Dress is a captivating tale of discovery and obsession by one of Australia's very best historical fiction authors. Absolutely essential reading." — Melissa Ashley, author of The Birdman’s Wife

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Enjoyed this, slow to start but the flicking between character perspective was well done and fluid. Ending was a bit abrupt however enjoyed this listen

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  • michelle murray
  • 08-22-22

Lovely story but should have had Dutch accents

I loved the story and the narrator but it would have been so much better to have had Dutch accent and different voices or tones for the characters.

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  • Jac
  • 07-21-22

Machine reader?

I enjoyed the audio but found the poor pronunciation of polysyllabic words surprising. And irritating. If a machine reader, needs an update. Ditto if a person.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-22

Loved this book

Really interesting, great characters, would love to see the dress in real life. Deserves the 5 stars.

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  • 05-10-22

Beautiful story that I didn’t want to end

What a great book. Enjoyed the story and the way it evolved and really just wanted another chapter and another!

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