y Nocturne : A Novel single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 2008 2008
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'It is Warsaw in 1939, and Elzunia is an indulged teenager dreaming of heroism and romance. But when war breaks out, her illusions are shattered. As bombs fall, she meets Adam, a taciturn airman who becomes an activist in the Polish Underground, and later flies bombers for the RAF. Meanwhile, in occupied Warsaw, Elzunia discovers her own strength in ways she never imagined.

'Nocturne is the story of two people whose relationships are played out against the turbulent events of the Second World War in Poland and England. It is a story of doomed heroism and moral triumph in the face of cruelty and betrayal. It is also a story of redemption through love.

'Drawing on her extensive research and her own experiences as a child during the war in Poland, Diane has recreated the tension, confusion and terror of civilians when their lives are on the line and their humanity is put to the test.

'Some of the characters in Nocturne were inspired by real people. One of them was the remarkable Australian nursing sister, Muriel Knox Doherty, who was placed in charge of the hospital set up in the grounds of the Belsen-Bergen concentration camp. Another was the heroic Underground courier Jan Karski who tried to change the course of history by alerting Allied leaders about the genocide in Poland.' (Author's blurb)

Notes

  • To my darling grand-daughters, Sarah, Maya and Allie.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins ; Fourth Estate , 2008 .
      Extent: 560p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes author's note on Polish pronunciation.
      ISBN: 9780732284305 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Emotional Encounters of the Literary Kind Diane Armstrong , 2012 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Author , June vol. 44 no. 2 2012; (p. 18-21)
Author Honoured at Polish Embassy Lexi Landsman , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish News , Friday 4 September vol. 75 no. 48 2009; (p. 3)
Untitled Lorraine Dobbie , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 23 no. 2 2009; (p. 41-42)

— Review of Nocturne : A Novel Diane Armstrong 2008 single work novel
Untitled Scott Whitmont , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April/May vol. 87 no. 8 2008; (p. 35)

— Review of Nocturne : A Novel Diane Armstrong 2008 single work novel
When the Story Is the Magnet Juliette Hughes , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 May 2008; (p. 23)

— Review of The Woman in the Lobby Lee Tulloch 2008 single work novel ; Nocturne : A Novel Diane Armstrong 2008 single work novel ; The Steele Diaries Wendy James 2008 single work novel
A Gripping Story of Survival Lexi Landsman , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish News , 2 May vol. 73 no. 33 2008; (p. 10)

— Review of Nocturne : A Novel Diane Armstrong 2008 single work novel
Up for Grabs Judith Armstrong , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 303 2008; (p. 22)

— Review of Nocturne : A Novel Diane Armstrong 2008 single work novel
Running the Gauntlet Between Giants Dorothy Johnston , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 July 2008; (p. 13)

— Review of Nocturne : A Novel Diane Armstrong 2008 single work novel
Tale of War Ends on a Happy Note Peter Pierce , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9-10 August 2008; (p. 31-32)

— Review of Nocturne : A Novel Diane Armstrong 2008 single work novel
[Untitled] Jenny Zimmerman , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 16 no. 3 2008; (p. 36)

— Review of Nocturne : A Novel Diane Armstrong 2008 single work novel ; Destined to Live : One Woman's War, Life, Loves Remembered Sabina Wolanski Diana Bagnall 2008 single work autobiography
Untitled Scott Whitmont , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April/May vol. 87 no. 8 2008; (p. 35)

— Review of Nocturne : A Novel Diane Armstrong 2008 single work novel
When the Story Is the Magnet Juliette Hughes , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 May 2008; (p. 23)

— Review of The Woman in the Lobby Lee Tulloch 2008 single work novel ; Nocturne : A Novel Diane Armstrong 2008 single work novel ; The Steele Diaries Wendy James 2008 single work novel
A Gripping Story of Survival Lexi Landsman , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish News , 2 May vol. 73 no. 33 2008; (p. 10)

— Review of Nocturne : A Novel Diane Armstrong 2008 single work novel
Up for Grabs Judith Armstrong , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 303 2008; (p. 22)

— Review of Nocturne : A Novel Diane Armstrong 2008 single work novel
Running the Gauntlet Between Giants Dorothy Johnston , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 July 2008; (p. 13)

— Review of Nocturne : A Novel Diane Armstrong 2008 single work novel
Tale of War Ends on a Happy Note Peter Pierce , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9-10 August 2008; (p. 31-32)

— Review of Nocturne : A Novel Diane Armstrong 2008 single work novel
[Untitled] Jenny Zimmerman , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 16 no. 3 2008; (p. 36)

— Review of Nocturne : A Novel Diane Armstrong 2008 single work novel ; Destined to Live : One Woman's War, Life, Loves Remembered Sabina Wolanski Diana Bagnall 2008 single work autobiography
Untitled Lorraine Dobbie , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 23 no. 2 2009; (p. 41-42)

— Review of Nocturne : A Novel Diane Armstrong 2008 single work novel
Author Honoured at Polish Embassy Lexi Landsman , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish News , Friday 4 September vol. 75 no. 48 2009; (p. 3)
Emotional Encounters of the Literary Kind Diane Armstrong , 2012 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Author , June vol. 44 no. 2 2012; (p. 18-21)
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  • Warsaw,
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    Poland,
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    Eastern Europe, Europe,
  • c
    England,
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    United Kingdom (UK),
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1939-1945
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