Diane’s new novel, Dancing with the Enemy, is coming soon!


  • The Collaborator has been published in the United States and the United Kingdom to critical acclaim. It has won a Highly Commended award from the Society of Women Writers.

  • I’m thrilled to tell you that my new novel, Dancing with the Enemy, will be published by Harlequin/HarperCollins on 4 May 2022. On my first visit to Jersey in the Channel Islands, I was blown away when I found out that the Channel Islands were the only part of the entire UK to be occupied by the Germans, and that the Occupation lasted throughout the war. During my visits to this beautiful island, I heard extraordinary stories, and met remarkable people whose experiences and larger than life personalities have inspired this novel. They included a man whose ancestors arrived in Jersey with William the Conqueror.

    Dancing with the Enemy is the story of Dr Jackson, who pays a heavy price for his loyalty to his patients, and of rebellious teenager Tom Gaskell whose audacious plan leads to tragedy.  It is also the story of young Sydney doctor, Xanthe Maxwell who visits Jersey in 2019. Traumatised by the suicide of her friend, she decides on a holiday in Jersey to recalibrate her life, and comes across a wartime journal which draws her deep into a  turbulent past. Who can we trust when our lives are in danger? Do we have the right to judge the behaviour of people whose lives are threatened?  What Is more powerful, forgiveness or revenge?


Dancing with the Enemy will be published on 4 May, just in time for Mothers’ Day

Its Sydney launch will take place on Tuesday 24 May, at the Double Bay library, New South Head Road, Double Bay, at 6pm (please note the change of venue).

In Melbourne, it will be launched on Tuesday 31 May at 6.30, at ARK Centre, 7 Cato Street, Hawthorn East.

I hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you!

Dancing with the Enemy
The Collaborator
Empire Day
Winter Journey, a novel
The Voyage of their Life
Diane Armstrong

About Diane

Diane was born in Poland and arrived in Australia with her parents in 1948.

She was seven years old when she decided to become a writer. Her first article, about teaching at a Blackboard Jungle school in London, was published in The Australian Womens Weekly in 1965. This was the beginning of a hugely successful career as a freelance journalist. Over three thousand of her investigative articles, personal experience stories, profiles, and travel stories have been published in various newspapers and magazines…