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Judith Kerr
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20 Feb 1989
Partly autobiographical, this is the third title in Judith Kerr's trilogy of books following the life of Anna through war-torn Germany, to London during the Blitz and her return to Berlin to discover the past...

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (20 Feb 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001912739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001912731
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,611,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, the daughter of a distinguished German writer. She left Germany with her family in 1933 to escape from the Nazis and they arrived in England in 1936, having spent the intervening years in Switzerland and France. She is best known for her children's books, both self-illustrated picture titles such as the 17-strong Mog series and The Tiger Who Came To Tea, and novels such as When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and The Other Way Round, which tells the story of the rise of the Nazis in 1930s Germany from a child's perspective.

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Acclaim for When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit:

‘… a compassionate introduction to the whole subject of World War II…’ Books for your Children

‘… an extremely exciting adventure story…’ Daily Express

‘… a charming and touching book, often very funny…’ Daily Mail

‘… exact, intelligent and unsentimental.’ Sunday Telegraph

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'“I don't want to go back to Berlin." '

Berlin is where Anna lived before Hitler, when she was still a German child; before she spoke a word of English, before her family had all become refugees. Long before her happy existence in London. But Mama is there, dangerously ill. Anna is forced to go back, to deal with questions of life and death, to face old fears, and to discover the past which she has so long shut away.

Judith Kerr was born in Berlin and left Germany in 1933 to escape the Nazis. Her novels are based on her own experience.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Grown-up but still Anna 29 May 2008
This conclusion to a beautiful trilogy catches up with Anna and her family a few years after "Bombs on Aunt Dainty". Anna is now happily married and settled in England with a successful career. Circumstances force her to return for a visit to Berlin where she finds a country that is familiar but will never be home again.

A little more grown-up than the second book and a lot more than the first, fans of Judith Kerr and the story of Anna will not be disappointed. The book deals with life after the war and the difficulty of rebuilding a life in a country that has become your home and yet where you will never completely fit in.

Anna's relationship with her family that began to be examined in the second book is looked at in more detail without making the story over-analysed.

Whilst not as compelling and Beautiful a read as 'When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit', the story of Anna is brought to a subtle conclusion whilst still leaving the reader able to imagine how it would continue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars we loved it 6 Feb 2014
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My husband and I couldn't "put it down" and wanted to find out what happened next. Judith Kerr is a wonderful writer for all ages
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable! 30 Jan 2014
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I have been wanting this book to follow on from Judith Kerr's previous ones. Unfortunately my daughter did have them originally
but got rid of them, before I could read the trilogy. Very interesting and well written.
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By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The final part of Judith Kerr's Out Of The Hitler Time trilogy, A Small Person Far Away, is as splendid and fascinating a piece of autobiography-turned-into-fiction writing as the previous two, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Essential Modern Classics) and Bombs on Aunt Dainty

Judith Kerr (fictionalised as Anna in the book) is now in her late 20s, happily married to her scriptwriter husband Nigel Kneale, (fictionalised as Richard) and beginning to make her own journey as a writer.

The structure of this third book is particularly satisfying, as various motifs and minor occurrences serve as little memory portals back to the past ( a beautiful rug, finding the receipt for the rug in her coat pocket during a particularly stressful episode, so there is a hook back to the memory, and the simultaneous experience of then and now) This is all done in a very natural, unforced, organic way. She is a remarkably good writer, there is real psychological depth going on, great observation, a really strong sense of narrative - and the ability to offer startling images in an arresting way, that feels very authentic.

As in the previous books, the major events all happened, but she has crafted and tightened and carefully chosen, I guess, central moments, and pared out and removed padding. I have a sense that her artist's eye for composition has been put to excellent use in her writing. It's not that she gets involved in a lot of visual description, it's more a sense of composing the frame and placement of narrative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect pitch 6 Jun 2013
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This one is the story for grownups. I read it immediately after reading Bombs on Aunt Dainty- I read it in a day and a half. Once again, it's a subtle and moving personal story, as well as a totally brilliant depiction of its time and place- post-airlift Berlin, pre-wall but with the cold war running, terrifyingly, at full blast. Kerr's ability to find exactly the incidents and the style to tell her story- no exaggeration but a wonderful ability to make both Anna's Kensington present and her Grunewald memories real, and important, but not mawkish or facile, her sympathy for the late middle aged and ugly, but intelligent, Germans- Kerr's 'perfect pitch', in fact, speaks of a wonderful skill and clarity of thought. It makes me feel that she's a superb *German* author. Anna would hate that description, of course. The closing image- the little girl of the title, in her boots, climbing the steps and asking 'Ist Mami da?' brackets her life and is a proper weepy moment for me.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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The best book I have ever read and i have now bought all three of her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 19 Jun 2014
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I started with when Hitler stole pink rabbit and carried on to the final one. thoroughly enjoyed them all. would recomend
all 3 books
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5.0 out of 5 stars A small person far away 30 May 2014
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I gave this book 5 stars because it is totally amazing!I had read the other two books in the series(when hitler stole pink rabbit and bombs on aunt dainty) and this one is a great sequel to them . It tells the life of anna when she is a an adult and the twist at the end is fantastic.BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Part 3 of a triology. Having been born just after the war I found these books
a great insight into that life. Very readable and I don't read much at all.
Published 4 months ago by David Livesey
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story
I have read all the 3 books and liked them all. I bought them for me an Adult and have passed them on to my sister in law.
Published 7 months ago by Carole
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A lovely read as last one in the end of trilogy. Shame as wanted more when I had finished. Perhaps hear about the 'next' generation
Published 8 months ago by Denise Tween
5.0 out of 5 stars Judith Kerr
I saw a programme about Judith Kerr on the TV and was fascinated. I then bought all 3 of her books. They were all so interesting about the life she led before, during and, in this... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Phyl Mell
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant book from Judith Kerr
This is the third in the trilogy and is excellent. I read it in a day. My 9 year old daughter is reading "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit" and is enjoying it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by PAULA LLOYD
5.0 out of 5 stars I've finished it? Now where is the next one?
I have now completed the whole trilogy yet still want to read more about the life of Judith Kerr. She seems an amazing person and has had an interesting life. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Small person big book
I was given this book by my dad and finished it on the day of purchase. It is an amazing story with a carefully lined out plot. Having said this it is mostly autobiographical. Read more
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