Find Out Which Books Inspired Letters from Berlin Author, Tania Blanchard

Find Out Which Books Inspired Letters from Berlin Author, Tania Blanchard

Name the books that have had the most impact on you?

Shakespeare’s works – I’ve always loved Shakespeare from the first time I read his sonnets at school and the first play we studied, The Merchant of Venice. His powerful portrayal of characters and the universal and timeless truths of human relationships and all the qualities that make us human – good, bad and indifferent, is what draws me back time and again.

Dr Zhivago by Boris Pasternak – this epic tale of Russia at the turn of the twentieth century and spanning WW1, the Russian Revolution and the birth of the Soviet Union, has always stayed with me. A story of the fall of the wealthy upper class and the struggles within all levels of society as socialism took hold of Russia. Evocative of imperial Russia, its traditions, the sweeping landscapes and brutality of massive social change, and of course, the impossible love story between Yuri and Lara.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – a modern fairy tale, draws you into the sense of wonder and innocence of Meggie until she learns her father’s secret and the fantastical story of characters disappearing in and out of a book and into the modern world.

Noble House by James Clavell – a fast-paced, historically detailed, corporate thriller set against the backdrop of Hong Kong at the height of the Cold War and the collision and blending of the English and Chinese cultures. The characters were so detailed, authentic and beautifully written. It has it all – spies, criminals, espionage, gorgeous settings and fascinating characters.  It was the first Clavell novel I ever read around the time my love of spy thrillers began – I loved Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, Ken Follett. I’ve read his other historical epics – Shogun, Tai-Pan, King Rat, Gai Jin and Whirlwind, and loved them too.

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              Publisher details

              Letters from Berlin
              Author
              Tania Blanchard
              Publisher
              Simon and Schuster
              Genre
              Historical Fiction
              Released
              01 October, 2020

              Synopsis

              From the bestselling author of The Girl from Munich and Suitcase of Dreams comes an unforgettable tale of love, courage and betrayal inspired by a true storyBerlin, 1943As the Allied forces edge closer, the Third Reich tightens its grip on its people. For eighteen-year-old Susanna Göttmann, this means her beloved adopted family including the man she loves, Leo, are at risk. His mother – Susie’s godmother – is forced to register as a Jew and wear the Star of David, bearing the resentment of the village she has always called home.Desperate to protect them any way she can, Susie accepts the help of an influential Nazi officer. It means she must abandon any hope of a future with Leo and enter the terrifying world of the Nazi elite.But all is not lost as her newfound position offers more than she could have hoped for … With critical intelligence at her fingertips, Susie seizes a dangerous opportunity to help the resistance.The decisions she makes could change the course of the war, but what will they mean for her family and her future?
              Tania Blanchard
              About the author

              Tania Blanchard

              Tania Blanchard was inspired to write by the fascinating stories her German grandmother told her as a child. Coming from a family with a rich cultural heritage, stories have always been in her blood. Her first novel published by Simon & Schuster Australia, The Girl from Munich, was a runaway bestseller, as was the sequel, Suitcase of Dreams published in 2018. Tania lives in Sydney with her husband and three children and is working on her third novel, Letters from Berlin, to be published in 2020.

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