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Roses from the Earth: Biography of Anne Frank (Charnwood Library) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Jul 2000

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Charnwood (Large Print); Large type edition edition (1 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708991742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708991749
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 14.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,862,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1969, Carol Ann Lee graduated from university in Manchester with a BA (Hons) degree in the History of Art and Design. Her first book was published three years later: 'Roses From The Earth: The Biography of Anne Frank' was the fulfilment of a childhood dream to write about Anne Frank. The Mail on Sunday described the book as "vivid and shattering. A work of real sympathy and imagination" and the Sunday Telegraph: "Excellent... serious, sensitive and scrupulous." 'Roses From The Earth' has been published in 15 countries to date.

This was followed by a biography of Anne's father, 'The Hidden Life of Otto Frank', a Guardian Book of the Week which was described by Reader's Digest as "a tour-de-force of history and humanity." The book has been the subject of several documentaries, and following her ground-breaking research into the family's betrayal, the Dutch government re-opened the case. Anne Frank's cousin, Buddy Elias, states: "Of the many authors, writers and historians who have written about Anne Frank and her father Otto, Carol Ann Lee is the most knowledgeable and sets new scholarly standards... There is nobody who has done more acute and focused research on the subject..." Carol also co-wrote 'A Friend Called Anne' with Anne's best friend Jacqueline van Maarsen and has written extensively on the Holocaust for children.

After living in Amsterdam for several years, in 2005 Carol returned to the UK, settling in York with her son. She turned to fiction writing: 'Come Back to Me', which was published in Holland, and 'The Winter of the World', a novel of the Great War which opens with the funeral of the Unknown Warrior and then takes us back to the trenches. 'The Winter of the World' was published in three languages and was a critical and commercial success in France especially, where it was nominated for two major awards.

In 2010, Carol returned to writing non-fiction with 'One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley', the definitive study not only of Hindley, but also of the Moors Murders case. Carol interviewed a wide cross-section of those involved, from the victims' families to the policemen who worked on the case originally, as well as many of Hindley's supporters. 'One of Your Own' was both a Times and an Independent Book of the Week and was featured on Radio 4. The Mail on Sunday awarded it a five star review, calling it "scrupulously researched and clear-sighted, the most accurate account so far"; The Sunday Times described it as "scrupulously unsensational and as good a biography of Hindley as we're likely to get."

During her research for 'One of Your Own', Carol met David Smith, which led to collaboration on the book 'Witness', in which David told his full story for the first time. In April 2012 'Witness' was republished as 'Evil Relations', just weeks before David died of cancer. The book was nominated for the CWA Dagger Award for Non-Fiction.

In September 2012, Mainstream published 'A Fine Day for a Hanging.' Screenwriter Laurence Marks said of the opening chapter: "Worthy of Truman Capote... the finest account of awaiting execution that I have ever read." The book was again nominated for the CWA Dagger Award for Non-Fiction.

Carol doesn't have a personal website, blog or Twitter page, but she runs the 'Searching for Keith' website alongside Alan Bennett, brother of the last missing victim of Brady and Hindley. Please visit for further details. You can also contact Carol via the forum.

A message from Carol Ann Lee: "Very many sincere and heartfelt thanks to every reader who has taken the time and trouble to leave such positive reviews of my books on Amazon. I do read them all, and am grateful to every single person who has contributed. I hope you will continue to read my books and leave (hopefully positive!) feedback. If ever an author tells you they don't read their reviews... don't trust them! When reviews are good, they light up your day, and even the less appreciative reviews often contain advice worth listening to, so thank you again to everyone who has left comments here."

You will be able to read Carol's new book in 2015.

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Carol Ann Lee was born in Yorkshire in 1969. She lives in Amsterdam. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is the story of Anne Frank but it is also about the resilience of the human spirit,as the story is also about Anne Frank's father, Otto, the only member of the family to survive betrayal, deportation and the death camps.There can be few biographies in which the characters described within its pages could be capable, on the one hand, of unspeakable cruelty and casual sadism and on the other of selfless generosity and courage. The author adds some depth and colour to the events and descriptions contained in Anne's diary itself, and follows her and her family to the camps. Eyewitness accounts add to the authenticity of the reports.Otto Frank emerges as the only survivor of this terrible ordeal with great dignity. We can be profoundly grateful to him for allowing his daughter's diary to be published.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By And He Won't Be Down On Wall St. In The Morning on 23 July 2006
Format: Paperback
I've never been so affected by a book. Anne Frank is my hero, having read her diary repeatedly I discovered and read Carol's biography. I could not put it down, and for a day after finishing it I didn't want to do anything else ever again. Reading this felt like hearing a friend had died. You know how it ends but it still breaks your heart as you keep hoping for a happy ending. Superbly written & researched, it covers before during and after the diary. Everyone's memories of Anne after the eight were caught make you love her even more. (Like Anne being an assistant and bread-distributor in the barracks or talking to a sick boy every night.) Carol Ann Lee has done justice to the story of the boisterous, witty teenager who humbled the world.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AB. on 12 Dec. 2010
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Brilliantly researched and written book. The best book I have ever read about the life and times of Ann Frank, written by an author that really cares about the subject. The foreword by Buddy Elias, a cousin of Ann Frank and referred to as Bernrd in Ann's diary, says it all. He received a letter from the author stating that her planned biography was of such importance to her that, should she not succeed, she would consider her career as having failed. He also added that the love, knowledge and dedication to the caused warmed his heart and he knew Carol Ann Lee was more than capable of telling the world of the phenomenon of Ann Frank.
The faith and trust he had in the author proved to be extremely well placed and this book is an absolute must read for anybody who wants to know the true story of Ann Frank and her times. Excellent.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jessi VINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2005
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Carol Ann Lee's meticulous research, coupled with her natural flair for telling a good story, make this biography one of the most fascinating accounts of Anne Frank's life ever to appear. Beginning with the sudden arrest of the hidden Frank and van Pels families, Lee goes on to describe Anne's early life, her emigration to the Netherlands, her years in the hiding place, her great gift as a writer, and ultimately her death in the Nazi extermination camps. She also places Anne's life in a broader historical context, packing the book with information on the rise of Nazism, the invasion of the Netherlands, and the systematic rounding up and annihilation of Dutch Jewry. Her theories on who exactly betrayed Anne Frank make gripping reading.
She presents Anne as a real person, not a haloed angel, and is one of the few writers who has actually paid close attention to the people in Anne's life - her mother, her reclusive but phenomenally gifted sister, even her American penfriend. The result is not only a vivid portrait of one of the most talented writers that the world has ever been unfortunate enough to lose, but a candid snapshot of a laughing, living girl. I closed the book feeling as if Anne might come bursting into the room at any moment.
On a more sober note, Lee disabuses us of the comfortable notion that Anne's most famous sentiment ("I still believe that all people are good at heart") must have immunised her against the suffering in the camps. Her death was not the gentle expiration of a calm, dispassionate saint. It was painful and cruel and sickening. In graphic language, drawing heavily on the testimony of survivors, Lee pulls us into the camps and forces us to watch as Anne eventually succumbs to malnutrition and horrific disease.
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