This great bestseller was compared with GONE WITH THE WIND when first published in 1975. CSARDAS – taken from the name of the Hungarian national dance – follows the fortunes of the enchanting Ferenc sisters from their glittering beginnings in aristocratic Hungary, through the traumas of two World Wars.
From the dazzling elegance of coming-out balls, feudal estates and a culture steeped in romance, to terror and starvation in the concentration camps – no story could be more dramatic than that of Eva and Amalia Ferenc, whose fate it is to be debutantes when the shot which killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo plunged Europe into the First World War. Their story is enthralling, tragic, romantic – and absolutely unputdownable.
Head of Zeus * Historical Fiction
01 Mar 2014 * 512pp * £5.99 * 9781781857502
'A story you won't easily forget, done on the scale of Gone with the Wind'
'I defy anyone to remain unaffected'
'Immensely readable... Has all the fire and dash of the national dance from which it takes its title'
Diane Pearson (1931–2017) worked in publishing for four decades and was the author of seven novels, including her great bestseller, Csardas. She was President of the Romantic Novelists Association for twenty-five years. She lived in South London.