Our guest this month, Clare Harvey, on the remarkable women who inspired her novels.
Our guest this month, Chris Petit, filmmaker and author of The Butchers of Berlin, on life in the
William Ryan on the extraordinary photo album that inspired his novel, The Constant Soldier. The Constant Soldier is set at the end of World War 2 in a valley in what was then Nazi Germany, at a time when the war was lost. The novel, about a damaged German soldier seeking redemption, has its origins […]
Clare Mulley has written a fascinating biography about two fascinating women. You would have thought that two women who grew up in post-World War One Germany with a love for flying and an intense urge to succeed in becoming pilots, would have been allies, even friends. Instead, Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg (nee Schiller) […]
Wendy Holden’s latest book, Born Survivors, tells the true stories of three young mothers who hid their pregnancies from the Nazis and gave birth in unspeakable conditions in concentration and slave labour camps. Here, she explains how reconnecting with Nature helped her get through the harrowing research. Anyone watching us during those breezy Spring days would […]
If you are going to write a novel about the Holocaust you have both a responsibility and a challenge. The responsibility is to the six million who were murdered. If you are bringing the Holocaust into your work merely to add some extra tragedy or to tug at the reader’s heartstrings then, at best what […]
It may not be the weightiest of historical enigmas, but the sex life of Adolf Hitler has to be one of the most enduring. Historians probing the dictator’s psychology repeatedly find themselves turning to his sexuality in the search for some clue towards his warped world view. The issue of whether Hitler was gay, straight, […]
In 2002 my first novel, Call The Swallow, was published. Set before, during and after the Holocaust, it tells the story of a man’s search for his sister who disappeared during World War II. When I was on the publicity round for the book, the question that kept cropping up again and again was how […]