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All That I Am

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May 2012 Debut of the Month.

An historical 'flash-back' novel based on the life of the author's friend. It recounts the challenges faced by German emigres living abroad during the rise of Hitler and National Socialism in the 1930s, starting in Germany and then London, Czechoslovakia, Paris and New York. Written from the point of view of two characters with alternating chapters and different time scales, it is full of fascinating detail. Both contemporary lives are also recounted as they reflect on the past and as such the events and challenges met by those living outside their native land strike strange chords of today's problems. This is a very fine book indeed.

If you like Anna Funder you might also like to read books by Alison Pick, Louise Levine and Elizabeth Speller.

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All That I Am by Anna Funder

When Hitler comes to power in 1933, a tight-knit group of friends and lovers become hunted outlaws overnight. United in their resistance to the madness and tyranny of Nazism, they must flee the country. Dora, passionate and fearless, her lover, the great playwright Ernst Toller, her younger cousin Ruth and Ruth's husband Hans find refuge in London. Here they take breath-taking risks in order to continue their work in secret. But England is not the safe-haven they think it to be, and a single, chilling act of betrayal will tear them apart...


Spellbinding ... there are echoes of the best espionage tales * Sunday Telegraph * A superb novel that transcends its setting. This book is a wonder. Do, please, read it * Spectator * The strengths of Funder's writing are emotional and imaginative. In what she has to say about love, loss and betrayal there is profound truth * The Times * Dora is the most attractive fictional heroine in a long time ... a gripping story of love and betrayal * New Statesman * A seamless and powerful tale ... of individual endeavour and survival that examines universal human themes * Independent on Sunday * A remarkable story told with clarity and precision * Guardian * The subtlety of Anna Funder's novel is in the elegance of her precise prose, and in her painstaking portrait of an ordinary woman swept up in extraordinary events ... The result is a strong and impressively humane novel * TLS * A story of courage and betrayal ... she has captured the atmosphere of what it must have been like to have been at the centre of the left-wing movement in post-war Germany * Evening Standard * Anna Funder proved herself a first-rate reporter with Stasiland - now she appears as a compelling novelist in a dark story of German emigres in the 1930s, struggling to warn the indifferent English against the Nazis -- Claire Tomalin The subtlety of Anna Funder's novel is in the elegance of her precise prose, and in her painstaking portrait of an ordinary woman swept up in extraordinary events...The result is a strong and impressively humane novel -- Ruth Scurr * TLS *

About the Author

Anna Funder

Anna Funder was born in Melbourne in 1966. She has worked as an international lawyer and a radio and television producer. In 1997 she was writer-in-residence at the Australia Centre in Potsdam. She lives in Sydney with her husband and baby.

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Publication date

10th May 2012


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Penguin USA an imprint of Penguin Putnam Inc


384 pages


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