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Where birds don't sing

Where birds don't sing [Kindle Edition]

Alan Clegg
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“Richard Cooper thought he was of Jewish and German blood. The death of his father brings a shocking past into his present life. The events force him to struggle with a personal history that is too terrible to comprehend. Alan Clegg’s “Where birds don’t sing” brings to life what happened during the last months of the Holocaust and delivers it powerfully into today’s consciousness.”

“A novel that deals with the other side of death camp Auschwitz. What did the perpetrators of the killing believe they were doing? How did a Jewish refugee lawyer-come-soldier deal with the terrible truth about his family? Alan Clegg provides the answers in the most graphic and compelling detail.”

Alan Clegg writes “faction” - a heady mixture of fact and fiction.


In the 50th year of the ending of WW2, Alan Clegg''s Windmills tells the story of a family surviving occupation in war torn Netherlands. The reader travels the canals, see the dead straight horizons and lives the provincial life.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 869 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Tulip Company (13 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NNVCW0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,990 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A difficult book to put down. Well worth reading 14 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Where Birds Don't Sing was both a gripping read and a serious account of the holocaust. The way the book was written, alternating between the present and the past meant you felt driven to keep going, just to keep up with the fast moving story. The characters were so real but so ordinary too, which brought home the horror and the reality of the situation. Despite reading a number of books on this subject I still find it difficult to believe that humanity could stoop so low to think they could wipe out the jewish race to satisfy their preducices and evil intent. This book serves to remind us, lest we all forget. ----- I am trying hard to source Alan's first book in the trylogy, Windmills without much success. If anyone would be prepared to loan it to me, I'd be grateful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping to the End 11 Sep 2011
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'Where Birds Don't Sing', the second book in Alan Clegg's trilogy is fantastic. The book is well-plotted and could be read as a stand-alone story but as it includes characters from 'Windmills' I would recommend that you read them in order if you can. Although this story is the second in the Dutch Holocaust triology and will appeal to readers interested in this subject matter it is also on a par with some of the best psychological thrillers I have read. It is gripping from start to finish and kept me intrigued all the way through - I can't wait to read the third book in the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Being the daughter of someone who survived the destruction of Polish/Jews, I was very moved by the detailed description given by Alan Clegg as to how the people were transported and treated. This detailed account matched very well with the experience that my mother went through.
My only criticism is that at one point the author says Lottie Cohen was Simon's neice but at a later point he said she was a 'distant relative'. He also said Richard had 'never met Lottie' but then later said that it had been some time since Richard had last seen Lottie. I found this discrepancy in the story slightly off putting as I was never quite sure then as to what to believe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "It was gripping to say the least, brilliant" 8 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Where Birds Don't Sing is the second major novel in his 'Holocaust' series by author Alan Clegg. Writes John Callon in a review of the book for the "Standish Courier" newspaper in Wigan, Lancashire. The first book was called "Windmills" the new novel is based on life in war time Holland and uses some of the characters and their decendants from "Windmills" It brings to life what happened during the last months of the holocaust and delivers it powerfully into today's consciousness. As each chapter weaves from the present to the past and back again.I became immersed in the novel totally unable to put the book down, once I started reading it.It certainly catches the imagination. The idea for his book came from his father in law Harmen Kingma who was a leader in the Dutch resistance. He was a bit of a Dutch Schindle, managing to save lots of Jewish people from the death camps. Alan Clegg an ex headmaster, is married to Aukje, who comes from Northern Holland, they have two children and live in Wigan in Lancashire. It was speaking to his father in law that determined Alan to write the books. His attention to detail is amazing, he writes 'Faction' - a heady mixture of Fact and Fiction. Having read the book and I have to admit to being a bit of a Wilbur Smith fan. This is the first book I've read for a while that I simply couldn't put down until I had finished it. I borrowed a copy of the first book Windmills and read that, in the same way it was gripping to say the least. I can't wait for Alan Clegg to bring out his final book in the trilogy. "Where Birds Don't Sing" is a book that must be read. Uncovering the Nazi nightmare. Showing the courage of Dutch heroes who saved Jewish lives, without any thought for their own safety.- I can recomend you to read this book it certainly is a very good read. You won't be dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling 12 May 2013
By camcar
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Well written and absorbing.A must for people to remember the awful things that happened in Europe in WW2 Looking for the third part
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 31 Oct 2011
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I found this book in a charity shop, and have read it so many times that I know the characters so well. I have also found and read Windmills and am desperate to read the third book in the trilogy.....but where is it? Please post and let me know where the next story is....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book - Riveting Story 27 April 2014
By Len
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A friend recommended this book to me and although it's not the kind of thing I would have chosen 'of the shelf' I decided to give it go. I'm so glad I did. The horror of the concentration camps seemed so real, so much attention to detail. This is a real story about one man's journey, and I felt that I was taking that journey with him and his family. I couldn't put this book down until I'd read it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warning - you'll be hooked! 3 Feb 2014
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I thought 'Windmills' would be an almost impossible to follow act but I was very pleased indeed to find that 'Where Birds Don't Sing' did indeed keep up a very high standard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book but painful to read
An account written from two perspectives about the holocaust. The author manages to describe family ties from a variety of angles. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Polly
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
A great moving read and one that will get you totally immersed in. I would recommend it to anyone who likes that sort of reading
Published 8 months ago by Pachacaid
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
We must never forget what happened to all who died in the death camps,especially all those children separated from parents and experimented on in the most cruel way. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
After reading the first book,this one followed on,and held you from the start,you jumped about a bit,but this made it more intregging lived it. I will read more of Alan's books
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving
I found the sugject matter very difficult at times but it was so descriptive and helped me understand things that had happened and why. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rosemary Hurdle
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad
I have read this and enjoyed the story. Very heartrending and sad. You live in the story. I will buy more of his books. Very well written and holds you all the way through.
Published 8 months ago by Tina Ann Garrod
5.0 out of 5 stars Dutch resistance during WW2
An insight into the little known resistance put up by Dutch people during the war and the heroic chances that were taken to protect the Jewish community. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Geoffrey Terence Flood
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Always been interested in world war two and love books that give me more of what actually went on, and its hard to find good books on the subject which are not stretched to far but... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Irene Sankey
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrguing, moving, heartbreaking narrative and the clinical cruelty of...
Still reading the book but the story's irony is beginning to unfold and now close to the finale.

The subject of the Holocaust and particularly the 1930;s prelude to it,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Where birds don't sing
Excellent book, could not put this down!
I loved the double sided nature of the story and the twists within it
Published 16 months ago by Carolyn Wilkins
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