#Excerpt “Nadine” by John Steinberg

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London 1974 – and Peter Greenberg is riding high. Thanks to his magic touch, every play he puts on in Theatreland is a hit and the money is rolling in. The young man’s empire feels secure – but then everything changes. One evening, he calls in to see a rival’s musical and falls head over heels in love.

The beautiful Paris-born dancer who catches his eye is Nadine – a major star in the making. Like Greenberg, the young dancer too is in love – but with someone else. The eternal triangle is complicated by the birth of a child, and by tragic secrets that go back before World War Two; slowly, those secrets reveal themselves in a drama that out-performs anything on the West End stage or Broadway.

Nadine is a poignant story of unrequited love, a love that will one day be returned – and in a most unexpected way…

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Greenberg manages to track down Dominic Langley. After an acrimonious encounter, Dominic finally realises that Greenberg is not the imposter as he’d originally thought and his claims about Nadine, the mother hitherto he knew nothing about, were all true. After suffering a nervous breakdown, Dominic finally come to terms with his past, denied to him by his adopted parents. He forges a close friendship with Greenberg and agrees to direct the musical about his mother, called Nadine. The show becomes a huge financial success and salvages his mentor’s reputation, allowing Greenberg to move on with his life.

Greenberg should have been feeling happy. Owner of the hottest property in town, his reputation as a top West End producer restored, everything was as it should have been. And yet… He reflected on all that had happened over the last year, and about the events that had helped him reach his decision.


Nadine’s diaries had affected Dominic deeply but had cemented an enduring relationship between the two of them. To Greenberg’s great relief, Dominic was desperate to be involved with a show about his mother. However, it wasn’t all plain sailing.

Dominic considered the script as it stood to be too thin. It needed, in his words, to be ‘far more edgy’ and to include all the aspects of Nadine’s private life that were missing.

It had been Greenberg’s decision to be deliberately uncontroversial. There was so much about Nadine he wanted to keep secret, to preserve a perfect image of her. But she was no longer his, to do with as he wished. Her only child had claimed his right to her. Now Dominic would be the one to bring her back to life and to the attention of the public.


John SteinbergAuthor Bio  

John Steinberg was born in 1952 and spent many years in business before becoming a writer in 2007. Since then, he has co-written and produced comedies for the stage and has created a series of books for children. Nadine is his third novel. He is married with three children and lives in North London.

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