My Own Dear Brother
by Holly Müller
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Let me start by saying that this is not my normal read and I image, for many, this may also be the case because rarely do we read novels that are told from the other side of the Nazi regime.
Our protagonist, 13-year-old Ursula, is filled with an entertaining mischievousness and battles hugely with what she believes is right and wrong throughout. I found that really rather endearing.
And her relationship with her disturbed brother Anton, a member of the Hitler Youth, causes her huge distress while hinting at something more sinister.
I found myself falling in love with this book particularity during part two. The story of Schosi Hillier, a young boy with a learning disability, develops painfully during his time spent captive at a hospital for the ‘mentally deficient’ during the war.
Beautifully written by the super-talented Holly Müller, who brings Austria and its folklore to life in a superbly unique way.