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 […]

Mondayitis – AK-47

Life hard for gun. Life hard for boy. Boy take me with him when he leave men. Men use other gun like me kill people. Make boy use me kill people. Life not good. I gun. Made to kill. Boy shoot me…that not right. Boy shoot WITH me. I best friend he have when cousin not come back. Hard […]

How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff

Daisy is sent to England from New York to live with her cousins for a perfect summer. There are four of them: Osbert, Isaac, Edmond and Piper. Three boys and a girl. And two dogs and a goat. Daisy has never met anyone like them before. Especially Edmond. This summer will change her life. It […]

Secrets and Sisterhood – Jenny Pausacker

Apparently we’re going to a demo. I’ve seen pictures of demos in the newspapers of course – people marching down the street, holding banners and bits of cardboard with signs on them… But this demo sounded like it was just for women. I didn’t get it. Jan Packard starts a diary because she is bored, […]

A Fatal Tide – Steve Sailah

‘His promise to himself to avenge his father was turning out like the Dardanelles, like nothing he had imagined…’ It is 1915 and Thomas Clare rues the day he and his best friend, Snow, went to war to solve the murder of his father. The only clues – a hidden wartime document and the imprint […]

Mondayitis – Sebastien

I listen to the radio today, the news is very hard to hear. What I hear about about Palestine and Israel, Syria and Iraq takes me back to my war, my work with La Résistance française in my home in Normandy. We started early in the war, Patrice organised us but Sophie was considered too young. […]

Once There Was a War – John Steinbeck

  I was given this book before I left for America and as they didn’t need it back I took it with me and left it in the hotel in New York on their pile of books, it felt appropriate to me. I did read it before I left it there so I feel I […]

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 […]