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Book Title: The Blue Suitcase|
The author of the book: Marianne Wheelaghan
Date of issue: 2010
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ISBN 13: 9780956614407
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It is 1932, Silesia, Germany, and the eve of Antonia's 12th birthday. Hitler's Brownshirts and Red Front Marxists are fighting each other in the streets. Antonia doesn't care about the political unrest but it's all her family argue about. Then Hitler is made Chancellor and order is restored across the country, but not in Antonia's family. The longer the National Socialists stay in power, the more divided the family becomes with devastating consequences. Unpleasant truths are revealed and terrible lies uncovered. Antonia thinks life can't get much worse - and then it does.
Partly based on a true-life story, Antonia's gripping diary takes the reader inside the head of an ordinary teenage girl growing up. Her journey into adulthood, however, is anything but ordinary.
'We think by now that there can be no more untold stories from the 1930s and the Second World War. Then a book like this comes along and we are once again astonished by the capacity of some humans to do unspeakably cruel things, and of others to survive them. The simple, almost mundane tone of Antonia's diary makes The Blue Suitcase all the more shocking. It's hard to read, but harder to stop.'
EDITOR'S CHOICE (May 2011) Historical Novel Review
In Silesia, Germany, in 1932, Antonia Nasiski is about to celebrate her 12th birthday. Hitler’s Brownshirts are fighting Red Front Marxists in the streets, but all Antonia cares about is her birthday. However, the political unrest is a constant source of argument in her family. Her mother, a doctor, is outraged by Hitler but her father, a civil servant, is more conciliatory. As Hitler takes control of Germany Antonia’s family disintegrates.
The reader is drawn into a world not often portrayed in fiction—that of the German civilian during Hitler’s reign. Antonia tells her story through her diary. At twelve she’s self-absorbed and unaware of the political upheaval. By the end of her journey she’s an adult who has somehow survived the most harrowing of experiences and emerged a strong and resourceful woman.
Antonia shows how the German population gradually came to understand what a monster Hitler was but was helpless in the face of the Gestapo and SS. The devastation the British bombings caused to the civilian population is graphically depicted. Having survived the Nazis and the war, Antonia then has to face the barbarity of the Russian troops. When Silesia becomes part of Poland, Antonia and the remainder of her family are displaced.
This is not an easy read but it is a compelling one. The simple narrative style of a diary is exactly right. The most appalling deprivations and gruesome events are related in a matter-of-fact way that makes them even more horrific.
This superb book is based on the life of Marianne Wheelaghan’s mother, and she has seamlessly supplemented the facts with impeccable research. I found this story uncomfortable to read but couldn’t put it down. It’s a story that will stay with you for ever. This is a must-read book for 2011.
Fenella Miller - Historical Novel Review
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Read information about the authorI left home at seventeen and returned to Edinburgh after twenty-five years, where I now live with my family.
The Blue Suitcase is my first novel. An historic fiction, it was published in 2010. The interest shown in it has been remarkable. It was inspired by my mother's life and based on letters and diaries I found after her death. The novel tells the story of an ordinary Christian girl girl growing up in Nazi Germany.
My first and second crime novels are Food Of Ghosts and The Shoeshine Killer respectively. They are both The Scottish Detective Lady mysteries, featuring the feisty, fictional detective DS Louisa Townsend.
"To read a Scottish Detective Lady mystery is to be taken on a thrilling trip to the Pacific and immersed in its many glorious cultures and peoples."
Before becoming a writer I did many things, including being a croupier, a marketing manager, a chambermaid, a cashier, a Brussels sprouts picker, but mostly I was a teacher. I taught English and/or Drama in Germany, Spain, the Republic of Kiribati and Papua New Guinea. I also wrote plays.
"The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes." Agatha Christie
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