Skip to content

The Flames: A gripping historical novel set in 1900s Vienna, featuring four fiery women

Book
The Flames: A gripping historical novel set in 1900s Vienna, featuring four fiery women by Sophie Haydock

As seen:

By Sophie Haydock

avg rating

1 review

Find your local library.

Buy this book from Bookshop.org or hive.co.uk to support The Reading Agency and local bookshops at no additional cost to you.

Vienna at the dawn of the 20th century . An opulent, extravagant city teeming with art, music and radical ideas. A place where the social elite attend glamorous balls in the city’s palaces whilst young intellectuals decry the empire across the tables of crowded cafes. It is a city where anything seems possible – if you are a man.

Edith and Adele are sisters, the daughters of a wealthy bourgeois industrialist. They are expected to follow the rules, to marry well, and produce children. Gertrude is in thrall to her flamboyant older brother. Marked by a traumatic childhood, she envies the freedom he so readily commands. Vally was born into poverty but is making her way in the world as a model for the eminent artist Gustav Klimt.

None of these women is quite what they seem. Fierce, passionate and determined, they want to defy convention and forge their own path. But their lives are set on a collision course when they become entangled with the controversial young artist Egon Schiele whose work – and private life – are sending shockwaves through Vienna’s elite. All it will take is a single act of betrayal to change everything for them all. Because just as a flame has the power to mesmerize, it can also destroy everything in its path…

Reviews

08 Dec 2022

Liamteven

Prompt, pleasant, and professional. CYBER GENIE knows its stuff and is precise in recommending solutions with its internet and cyber expertise. Really refreshing to be working with such transparent and efficient comp, they are fast in response and keep their clients updated when hired. I hired them to help me recover my FTX Coins after the crash and they did a great job recovering my lost crypto coins. Aside from the impeccable hacking company, it's the servicing that makes you want to continue working with them. (CYBERGENIE@cyberservices.com) is their email.

From the noticeboard

View our other programmes