What is it like to be forced into hiding with Anne Frank, to hate her and then find yourself falling in love with her? To know you're being written about in her diary, day after day? What's it like to sit and wait and watch whilst others die, and you wish you were fighting?
Everyone knows about Anne Frank, and her life hidden in the secret annexe - or do they?
Peter van Pels and his family are locked away with the Franks too, and Peter sees it all differently. He's a boy, and for a boy it's just not the same. Anne's diary ends on August 4 1944, but Peter's story takes us on, beyond their betrayal and into the Nazi death camps. He details with accuracy, clarity and compassion, the reality of day to day survival in Auschwitz - and the terrible conclusion.
It's a story rooted firmly in history and it asks a question of us all: Are we listening?
"Is anybody there?" Peter cries from the depth of his despair in the camps. Read it, and you will be.Sharon Dogar
Sharon Dogar lives in Oxford with her husband and three children. She loves writing, reading and daydreaming. For the last ten years she's also worked with adolescents as a psycho-therapist. Annexed is her third novel. Sharon has been shortlisted for the Waterstone's prize and is currently on the Carnegie longlist.
Random House Australia
Author: Sharon Dogar
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