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A breathtaking debut about love and war, and the battle to save a precious legacy.

‘A beautifully written and utterly compelling story of love and war and resistance that shines a light onto a dark and tragic period of history while also illuminating the enduring power of love and friendship. Unforgettable and emotionally wrenching, and as exquisite as the lace the women of the story weave.’ —Kate Forsyth


The Lace Weaver About the book

Each lace shawl begins and ends the same way—with a circle. Everything is connected with a thread as fine as gossamer, each life affected by what has come before it and what will come after. 

1941, Estonia. As Stalin’s brutal Red Army crushes everything in its path, Katarina and her family survive only because their precious farm produce is needed to feed the occupying forces.

Fiercely partisan, Katarina battles to protect her grandmother’s precious legacy—the weaving of gossamer lace shawls stitched with intricate patterns that tell the stories passed down through generations.

While Katarina struggles to survive the daily oppression, another young woman is suffocating in her prison of privilege in Moscow. Yearning for freedom and to discover her beloved mother’s Baltic heritage, Lydia escapes to Estonia.

Facing the threat of invasion by Hitler’s encroaching Third Reich, Katarina and Lydia and two idealistic young soldiers, insurgents in the battle for their homeland, find themselves in a fight for life, liberty and love.

Published: April 2018
Trade paperback: ISBN 9781925596335
Ebook: ISBN 9781925596342

More advance praise

‘From the very first line, I was captivated by this tale of two very different, but equally heroic, women. There is beauty to be found everywhere: in the writing, in the women’s friendship, in the tragedy, and in the motif of the lace shawls, which weaves the story together.’—Natasha Lester, author of Her Mother’s Secret and A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald

‘A rich, textured and evocatively told story of love, loss and the ties that bind. The setting is exotic and intriguing and presents a unique side of the war that not many authors have yet explored. I found it difficult to put this haunting novel down and it will stay with me for a long time to come, I’m certain. Lauren Chater is a bold new force in Australian historical fiction. Bravo on a glorious debut!’—Tess Woods, author of Beautiful Messy Love and Love at First Flight


Lauren Chater About the author

Lauren Chater was discovered at bestselling author Fiona McIntosh’s Commercial Fiction Masterclass in 2015, having won the scholarship award to attend. She also won the Historical Novel Society Australasia’s First Pages Pitch Award in 2015.

In addition to writing fiction, she also established The Well Read Cookie, a blog that celebrates her love of baking and literature. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two young children.



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Sample chapter

Read the opening chapters of The Lace Weaver here.


Reading copy giveaway

Be one of the first to read The Lace Weaver. Email with ‘The Lace Weaver’ in the subject line for your chance to win one of 10 proof copies.




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