If you enjoy reading or writing stories set in 1940s – or indeed, both, you might be interested in a Zoom event hosted by publisher, Gill James, of Bridge House Publishing who has a special interest in this time period. She has written a fascinating series of books entitled ‘The Schellberg Cycle’ set in Nazi Germany which you can find here on Gill’s Amazon Author page.
The House on Schellberg Street: A Holocaust survival story (The Schellberg Cycle Book 1) – Renate Edler loves to visit her grandmother in the house on Schellberg Street. She often meets up with her friend Hani Gödde who lives nearby. This year, though, it is not to be. Just a few weeks after a night when synagogues are burned and businesses owned by Jews are looted, Renate finds out a terrible secret about her family.
At a time when the world is at war and the horrors of the Holocaust are slowly becoming apparent, Renate has to leave behind her home and her friends, and become somebody she never thought she could be.
The house on Schellberg Street needs to stay strong. Will it and those who work in it be strong enough? Will Renate ever feel at home again? And what of those left behind?
Gill has organised a Zoom event in which she will be talking with several authors, Lin Treadgold, Stuart Larner and me which will take place on Thursday 17th September at 20:00 to 21:30 BST and is a free event. If you are interested, please book your place here Eventbrite.
The authors will discuss what they are reading and writing, how they conduct their research and what draws them to the 1940s as well as answering questions in a Q&A session. They will also be reading examples of their work and there will be free giveaways.
Welcome to Plotlands – (Set during 1930s but leading on to others in the series) – 1930: Joanna Marshall lives with her beloved mother in the household of her somewhat less-beloved aunt, who wishes the pair of them gone. When her mother dies, a grief-stricken Joanna sees an opportunity to escape – Ma’s title deed to a rural patch of land. Welcomed into the Plotlands community, Joanna begins to make a new life for herself, and meets handsome solicitor Ben Richardson. But he wouldn’t be interested in an ordinary girl like her…would he?
A Touch of the Exotic – From India to war-torn London to a grand estate in Essex, Samira’s life is one of rootlessness and unpredictability. With her half-Indian heritage, wherever she goes, she’s seen as ‘exotic’, never quite fitting in despite her best efforts. To add to her troubles, her beauty attracts attention from men that she’s not sure how to handle. But when she falls for handsome RAF pilot, Luke, none of her charms seem to work, as it appears his heart is already bestowed elsewhere…
Touched by Two Wars – France, 1914: Isabelle and her mother are pleased to take in British soldiers as they pass through the countryside on their way to the front. But Isabelle’s attempt to comfort a distressed soldier leaves her with an illegitimate yet dearly beloved daughter, Madeleine. As Isabelle and her own mother struggle with the upkeep of Chateau Bellevais, another soldier, James, comes into her life – and out again. During the ensuing chaos of yet another war, Isabelle flees to England. Is it possible that she and James could find each other once more?
Wild Spirit – It’s Rae’s dream to sail away across oceans on her family’s boat, the WILD SPIRIT – but in 1939 the world is once again plunged into conflict, and her travel plans must be postponed. When Hitler’s forces trap the Allies on the beaches of Dunkirk, Rae sails with a fleet of volunteer ships to attempt the impossible and rescue the desperate servicemen. However, her bravery places more lives than her own in jeopardy – including that of Jamie MacKenzie, the man she’s known and loved for years…
All available from The Reading House, here