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Annelies

by David Gillham

Annelies Synopsis

A breathtaking new novel that asks the question: what if Anne Frank survived the Holocaust? It is 1945, and Anne Frank is sixteen years old. Having survived the concentration camps but lost her mother and sister, she reunites with her father, Pim, in newly liberated Amsterdam. But Anne is adrift, haunted by the ghost of her sister, Margot, and the atrocities they experienced. Her beloved diary is gone, and her dreams of becoming a writer seem distant and pointless now. As Anne struggles to build a new life for herself, she grapples with overwhelming grief, heartbreak, and ultimately forgiveness. In this masterful story of trauma and redemption, David Gillham explores with breath-taking empathy the woman - and the writer - Anne Frank might have become. 'An original, intriguing novel' Sunday Times

Annelies Press Reviews

David Gillham's excellent new novel is built on one of the most extraordinary and faithful recreations of a time in history - Berlin in World War II - that I've ever read * Alan Furst, on City of Women * In this moving and masterful debut, David Gillham brings war-torn Berlin to life and reveals the extraordinary mettle of women tested to their limits and beyond. Powerful and piercingly real. You won't soon forget these characters * Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife, on City of Women * I can't wait for Gillham's next novel - play it again, Sam * Stephen King * Gillham's beautifully crafted novel is a respectful tribute to the creative and passionate writer who died so young. Highly recommended * Library Journal Starred Review * Gillham strikes a deft balance between describing the life of an ordinary teenager - going to the cinema, arguing with adults - and the more difficult task of imagining one living with the legacies of extreme trauma * i * In this haunting what-if, David Gillham asks us to reflect on the quandary of how one learns-in the unimaginable wake of the Holocaust-to live again, shedding a powerful, human light on the tragedy of lost potential * Georgia Hunter, author of We Were the Lucky Ones * An original, intriguing novel * Sunday Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241367650
Publication date: 17th January 2019
Author: David Gillham
Publisher: Fig Tree an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 416 pages
Categories: Second World War fiction, Historical fiction,

About David Gillham

David Gillham is the New York Times bestselling author of City of Women. He trained as a writer at the University of Southern California. After relocating to New York, he worked in the book industry, and now lives with his family in Western Massachusetts.

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