I have never read a book about the war. Be it fiction or fact. Until now. I recently read “Rose Under Fire” by Elizabeth Wein. This is a fiction novel, laced with truth. It’s about a female ATA Pilot in the war, who gets taken prisoner at Ravensbruck concentration camp.

It’s an eye opener. All the things she writes about Ravensbruck are true and taken from real witness accounts. Only the character’s are fictional, even some of those are real. Ravensbruck took around 150,000 prisoners, but it’s thought that only around 30,000 lived to tell the tale. Some were victims of cruel medical experiments, most were beaten, starved and tortured. Most were murdered or starved, frozen or beaten to death or gassed.

Whilst this novel has a strong message of hope and a positive ending, it also makes you realise how truly awful the war was. How horrific the concentration camps were. How for many, there was no hope. How those who survived would forever bear the scars. How lucky we all are, to not have had to witness any of this.

I have never learnt so much fact, from a fiction novel. I am curious to learn more. I want to read real witness accounts. I want to read about the doctor trials. This book has given me a thirst for knowledge, a renewed interest in history (which I’ve not had since I was 13).

I want you to read it for yourself, so I have one extra copy of this book to give away.

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  1. Sarah MumofThree World says:

    This is the book we got in the Britmums bag? I wasn’t tempted by it, but an going to read it now. I’ve read a fair few books on the war in recent years. I would recommend The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which is actually a teen book. It’s heartbreaking.
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  2. Amanda Milton says:

    Legally Blonde,doesn’t sound like a book that would make you think,but made me realise,but made me realise how far of come because of a recent event

  3. Mary-Ann Pollard says:

    I have recently read a book completely out of my normal genre, The Purge by Sofi Oksanen. She is a Finnish writer and this book it based around two women living in Estonia, beautifully written and not what I expected, definitely not light reading.

  4. Katie Walker says:

    The Mabinogion – old Welsh book ( my Welsh isn’t good enough yet so read the English version) Lots of themes seen in Arthurian legends. Really great interesting slightly weird read.

  5. Katherine Coldicott says:

    I’m reading Backlash by Lynda La Plante. She is such a clever writer, all the detail she goes into makes her books very compelling.

  6. Tanja says:

    Dune by Frank Herbert

    β€œI must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

  7. carroll44@btinternet.com says:

    The Hunger Games Trilogy!So Thought Provoking,Can see the country heading downwards all the Time! Makes you think!!Love your blogs by the way thanks!!X

  8. michelle bennett says:

    Ive not read much as my kindles broken but i read a book in july called Little prisoners by Casey Watson and it left me full of a range of emotions x

  9. Laura Vitty says:

    Cloud Atlas, it really made me think about the underlying themes of slavery and human rights abuses. The mistakes humanity makes and never learns from, but repeats in different contexts. Very deep if you can get your head around it.

  10. victoria thurgood says:

    The book i just finished was The celestial & Atlantic Origin of Civilization its not the kind of book i would pick im a horror fan but i ready liked it, it made me think about the places i want to visit and showed me some history before i go.

  11. stacey robinson says:

    His bright light by danielle steel true story about her son who had mental health and the struggle she went through to have him diagnosed and put on medication until he killed himself

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