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When the World Was Ours

When The World Was Ours A book about finding hope in the darkest of times

Published: 21 Jan 2021

Hardback, 320 pages

Recommended for age 11+ and 14+

By Liz Kessler

Published by Simon & Schuster Ltd

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A powerful, heartbreaking, ultimately redemptive novel about three childhood friends in 1930s Vienna whose fates are closely intertwined, even when their lives take very different courses.

Two sides. One memory. Vienna.

1936. Three young friends - Leo, Elsa and Max - spend a perfect day together, unaware that around them Europe is descending into a growing darkness, and that events soon mean that they will be cruelly ripped apart from each other. With their lives taking them across Europe - to Germany, England, Prague and Poland - will they ever find their way back to each other? Will they want to? Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE WORLD WAS OURS is an extraordinary novel that is as powerful as it is heartbreaking, and shows how the bonds of love, family and friendship allow glimmers of hope to flourish, even in the most hopeless of times.

Tagged hope , resilience , Second World War and The Holocaust

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