14,765 book reviews and counting...

Books in the Media Update

This website is no longer being updated; theBookseller.com is the home of all books related-content and will continue to be updated with regular articles about books featured in the media. Thank you for using this website, and we hope you join us on theBookseller.com.

When the World Was Ours Reviews

When the World Was Ours by Liz Kessler

When The World Was Ours

Liz Kessler

Score pending

1 review

Category: Children's
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 21 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781471196805

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

  • The Sunday TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
17 Jan 2021

"An exceptional read to mark January 27, Holocaust Memorial Day."

When Liz Kessler’s Jewish father was a boy in Vienna his family met an English couple by chance, spent a day showing them around the city and received a thank-you letter. Five years later, needing a sponsor abroad to escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, they wrote to the address on the letter...

Their two narratives explore, truthfully and therefore disturbingly, what happened to those who did not escape, and why anyone co-operated with the Nazi regime. An exceptional read to mark January 27, Holocaust Memorial Day.