The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Published by Pan Macmillan Australia on 2009 Pages: 584 Goodreads It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still. By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in […]

The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman

The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman

The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2) by Art Spiegelman Published by Penguin Books on October 2nd 2003 Pages: 296 Goodreads Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of […]

The Last Train Out – Eric Eckstein

The Last Train Out is a very moving and important book about the Holocaust, it contains many details which help the average person understand why so many Jews didn’t leave Germany before and during WWII and why so many of the older generations stayed behind when the younger generations left. It’s a long book at […]

The Sound of Music – Maria Von Trapp

The Sound of Music. You probably all know it as the movie with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and you may even know it was a book before that but it all started in the 1920s in Austria when Maria Augusta Kutschera was sent to Captain Georg von Trapp’s house to look after his ill daughter, she […]

Zachor I remember Will you? – Vera Freiden with Kathy Kaplan and Sue Newton

This book is a moving account of one person’s survival during and following the Holocaust. I had the honour of proofreading it before publishing. Born in Žilina, Slovakia in 1929, Freidin was brought up in a loving family and somehow managed to survive the Holocaust even managing to return home and then to school topping the class. She is bright and […]

Typo Nazi or Grammar Nazi

I cringe and get thoroughly annoyed whenever someone calls me a Typo Nazi or a Grammar Nazi, I do not feel I am in any way as nasty, horrible and all encompassing as anything the Nazis did. Yes, it’s true, I might upset someone briefly and sometimes they’ll be annoyed or worried for a while […]

The Hand That Signed the Paper – Helen Demidenko

I picked up this book second hand knowing the controversy behind it, knowing Helen Demidenko is really Helen Darville and knowing she had tried to pass this book off as family history rather than a fictionalised account of interviews with Ukrainian witnesses. I’ll take the description from the back of the book: The Hand that […]

It’s Café Scheherazade!

Saturday night, almost five hours after the play finished and my eyes were still sore from crying. I started within moments of the actors coming onstage and stopped while they were handing out cake. It was an awesome play, totally hit the tenor of the book, with seriously good music by some fabulous players and […]

Homeland Lost – Ale Liubinas

I’ve read a number of memoirs written by Jews about their life during the Holocaust, how they survived and how they rebuilt their lives afterwards but this is the first book I’ve read from a non-Jewish viewpoint. Liubinas was born in Lithuania and fled with her family from the Russians to the West. They had […]