Mary Chamberlain has lived and worked in England and the Caribbean, and is Emeritus Professor of History at Oxford Brookes University. Her book, Fenwomen, was the first to be published by Virago Press in 1975. Since then she has written many books on women's history, oral history and Caribbean history. She is a graduate of the acclaimed Creative Writing MA at Royal Holloway, University of London and now lives in London with her husband. Her novel The Dressmaker of Dachau was published in 2015
'The Dressmaker of Dachau is a thrilling story, brilliantly told. I couldn't put it down. Ada Vaughan is a character to fall in love with: utterly real, flawed and beguiling' Saskia Sarginson, author of R&J pick, The Twins and Without You
'I found myself completely swept up in this tale of love, ambition and vanity' Juliet West, author of Before the Fall
'A powerful and gripping tale of longings and dreams, and how a
chance meeting that seems to offer the answers and more, instead
comes with devastating consequences. It's a story about what a
person will do and can do under force.
The world before, during and after World War II is amazingly well-drawn. But it is the character of Ada Vaughan that lingers, her resolve, her passion and her flaws' Cecilia Ekback