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Saving Rafael

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Set in war-torn Berlin, Saving Rafael is an engrossing account of a forbidden love between a Jewish boy and his childhood sweetheart. It is a powerful and moving story of sacrifice and courage, of ordinary people struggling to help friends under a regime gone mad, where civilian survival in the bomb-blasted city depends entirely on high standards of friendship and integrity among individuals.


Praise for this book

"There is an almost Anne Frank quality about the thoughts and aspirations of young Jenny.This is a book which is not only a compelling read, but gives deep insights into the moral and physical disarray of a nation which has allowed itself to be hijacked by one of the greatest evils of our times. There were thousands of Germans who quietly opposed the Nazis; who sacrificed their lives defying them, and who risked everything to help the Jews in their midst. Leslie Wilson has performed a great service in reminding us of their courage." - Jamila Gavin

"A fascinating portrait of a place and of people who don't get written about very much and who are endlessly interesting: the rescuers." - Adèle Geras

"Saving Rafael was a book I couldn't put down. Leslie Wilson has told a story full of excitement and tension, about how even under the greatest strain and fear, teenage love finds a way to develop and survive." - Mary Hoffman

"I found Saving Rafael completely gripping. Leslie Wilson is a great natural storyteller, and the background of wartime Berlin is absorbing and totally convincing." - Hilary Mantel

"I have finished SAVING RAFAEL, and am very impressed. It's completely engrossing. I especially liked the bravery of Jenny and her mother, and the power of Jenny's feelings for Raf. I'm sure it will get great reviews when it comes out, and it should be on shortlists." - Linda Newbery

"It reads as if Jenny knew all this, saw all this, and tells it naturally from her personal experience. I picked it up, meaning to glance at the first few pages, and ended by reading it for the next two days, completely absorbed." - Susan Price

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Used availability for Leslie Wilson's Saving Rafael

Paperback Editions

May 2009 : UK Paperback

Title: Saving Rafael
Author(s): Leslie Wilson
ISBN: 1-84270-918-6 / 978-1-84270-918-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Andersen Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

January 2010 : Canada Audio edition

Title: Saving Rafael
Author(s): Leslie Wilson
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   

January 2010 : UK Audio edition

Title: Saving Rafael
Author(s): Leslie Wilson
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK