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The Rabbit Girls

Audible’s Debut of the Year 2019
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Once the Audible team had read Anna Ellory’s debut novel The Rabbit Girls there was no question that this was a story we wanted to share with members. Dramatic, heart-breaking and beautifully written; the power of the story has only been heightened by Gemma Arterton and Simon Callow’s astounding narration.

We follow Miriam in a dual narrative as she learns more about the 'Frieda' her father calls out for and her parents' war-time love story, alongside the pain and terror Miriam herself faces daily at the hands of her abusive husband. Entwined in the sadness of both stories are glimmers of hope, sisterly solidarity and friendship.

Summary

Audible UK's Debut of the Year 2019

Berlin, 1989. As the wall between East and West falls, Miriam Winter cares for her dying father, Henryk. When he cries out for someone named Frieda - and Miriam discovers an Auschwitz tattoo hidden under his watch strap - Henryk’s secret history begins to unravel.  

Searching for more clues of her father’s past, Miriam finds an inmate uniform from the Ravensbrück women’s camp concealed among her mother’s things. Within its seams are dozens of letters to Henryk written by Frieda. The letters reveal the disturbing truth about the ‘Rabbit Girls’, young women experimented on at the camp. And amid their tales of sacrifice and endurance, Miriam pieces together a love story that has been hidden away in Henryk’s heart for almost 50 years.  

Inspired by these extraordinary women, Miriam strives to break through the walls she has built around herself. Because even in the darkest of times, hope can survive.

©2019 Anna Ellory (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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