Five books for Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. Here are five books which treat often unimaginable events in very different ways.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Narrated in the all-knowing matter-of-fact voice of Death, The Book Thief is the story of a nine-year girl in late 1930s Germany.

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

Tense and heartbreaking to its last page, ‘The Cellist of Sarajevo’ shows how life under seige creates impossible moral choices.

You alone may live by Mary K Blewitt

The memoir of Mary K. Blewitt OBE, founder of Survivors Fund SURF, a charity that works to improve the lives of survivors of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. Blewitt reveals both the extraordinary suffering of those who survived genocide and how she was compelled to help them.

Something is going to fall like rain by Ros Wynne-Jones

Set in the barren tribelands of Southern Sudan against the backdrop of the 50 year civil war that raged against the kingdom in Khartoum, this novel is the post-traumatic account of a naive young doctor, Maria, who is thrust into a world whose horrors she struggles to understand and, ultimately, survive.

The luminous life of Lilly Aphrodite by Beatrice Colin

This novel tells the story of the orphaned daughter of a cabaret dancer and her rise from poverty and anonymity to film stardom, all set against the rise and fall of Berlin, the background of WWI, the debauchery of the Weimar era, the run-up to WWII, and the innovations in art and industry that accompanied it all.

Browse a longer list featuring over 30 other titles.

Don Paterson at McDonald Road Library

There’s still time to book for tonight’s event at McDonald Road Library with acclaimed Scottish poet, writer and musician Don Paterson.

Don will be speaking on the theme of ‘Journeys’ and as a sign of respect we will be asking guests to help us recreate ‘Path’ in line with the Journeys theme by writing a message, poem or quotation on a memorial brick.

Book online to reserve your place.

Find out more about Holocaust Memorial Day.

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