Magda by Meike Ziervogel

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I’m not sure how I can across Magda by Meike Ziervogel but after watching the book trailer, I grabbed my Kindle and downloaded the book. And began reading immediately. And finished it in one afternoon (it’s a novella but that said, my kids could have been juggling knives for all I knew, I was engrossed).

Magda is a fictionalised account of the last few days of the life of Magda Goebbels, the wife of Nazi propaganda minister, Josef Goebbels and herself a prominent member of the Nazi party. Magda was mother to six children, all of whom she took into the  führerbunker in Berlin and killed. Included in this story is that of Magda’s mother, Martha, and Josef and Magda’s eldest child, 14-year-old Helga. Continue reading

‘The Aviator’s Wife’ by Melanie Benjamin

I’m a sucker for a testimonial on the front of a book. See publicists? It’s worth doing what you have to do to get a respected author to give a plug. In the case of The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin, I was won by the description “…in the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife…”Loving Frank is one of my favourite books and although The Paris Wife is still hanging out in my TBR stack, trusted bookish friends have told me how ace it is. So, to the ‘wife’ at hand – Anne Morrow Lindbergh, married to famous aviator, Charles Lindbergh.

Before reading this book I didn’t know very much about the Lindberghs (and therefore have to trust that Benjamin has her facts correct). I had no idea that Anne co-piloted many of Charles’ historic and record-breaking flights; nor that Anne was the first American woman to fly a glider; I had no idea the couple were pursued relentlessly by the press; I never knew that Charles was widely thought of as a supporter of Hitler and Nazi Germany; I was not aware that Anne was an accomplished author; and I had no idea that their baby was kidnapped (sorry for that spoiler although it does seem that I was the ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD who didn’t know this). Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – New Release Fiction for 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new ‘top ten’ challenge is posted – anyone can join in. This week’s topic is the Top Ten Most Anticipated Books for 2013 .

It seems almost obscene to be ‘looking forward’ to new releases when my TBR stack is towering… But here goes.

1. The new Bridget Jones novel by Helen Fielding – I can’t wait to see what Bridget is up to now. Continue reading