Jacquie Bloese grew up on Guernsey, an upbringing which provided plenty of inspiration for her debut novel, The French House, set during the World War 2 German Occupation, and selected as a Richard and Judy Book Club Pick.
Her interest in travel, languages, and other cultures led to a career in ELT publishing, a job which has taken her in and out of classrooms all over the world. Writing fiction is her first love and her work has been shortlisted for several awards including the Good Housekeeping First Novel Award, Caledonia Novel Award, and the Mslexia Novel Award.
After many years in London, Jacquie now lives in Brighton, the setting for her next novel, The Golden Hour.
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The French House: in conversation with Jacquie Bloese
The French House is set on Guernsey during the German Occupation of World War 2.
The book tells the story of two estranged lovers: Émile, left profoundly deaf after an accident, and Isabelle, housekeeper at the ‘French House’ – Victor Hugo’s former residence-in-exile. When their paths entwine with Leutnant Schreiber, the enigmatic Press censor, loyalties are blurred and dangerous secrets forged. But on an island under occupation, courage can have deadly consequences.