Anah's War

On her eleventh birthday Anah received a red leather notebook from her favourite Aunty.
It became a diary, a place for her secrets and for the next five years Anah tells of her life in Nijmegen and the war which creeps into every aspect of her existence. We watch Anah and her family negotiate the Nazi presence but still maintain a covert defiance as ordinary people experience extraordinary events. More

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Words: 43,190
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301698943
About Johanna van Rooy

I have been writing for about ten years now and am planning to publish 2 new e-books soon but Anah's War was special because it was based on stories from the lives of my Mum and Dad. I became Anah which was easy as my mum was the inspiration and I am so like her. I initially self-published Anah's War as I wanted to give a copy to my parents as a tribute to them. After completing the book I had to go and visit Nijmegen to experience the town they lived in. I was able to participate in the town's rememberence ceremonies of those lost in the war and visit my father's home where fortuitious circumstances allowed me to go inside and even climb into the cellar where my father hid during the bombings.
I am in my fifties and books are an ever present part of my life. I now love reading different styles of books encouraged by the fabulous bookclub I've been part of for the last 7 years. Going to the Sydney Writers Festival each year has become a passion, both as a reader and a writer.
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