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Sweet Caress by William Boyd 

Amory Clay’s first memory is of her father doing a handstand – but it is his absences that she chiefly remembers. Her uncle Greville, a photographer, gives her both the affection she needs and a camara, which unleashes a passion that irrevocably shapes her future. She begins an apprenticeship with him in London, photographing socialites for magazines. But Amory is hungry for more and her search for life, love and artistic expression will take her to the demi-monde  of 1920s Berlin, New York in the 1930s, the Blackshirt riots in London, and France during the second world war., where she becomes the first woman war photographer.

(In this enthralling story of a life fully lived, William Boyd has created a sweeping panorama of the 20th century, told through the camera lens of one unforgettable woman)