11 February 2020

No Woman's Land by Ellie Midwood Reviewed by: Elizabeth St John

shortlisted for Book of the Month


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"Ms Midwood’s extraordinary sensitivity and gifted writing treats this devastating subject of the Holocaust with strength and delicacy, weaving a compelling love story that emerges from the horror of the concentration camps."

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Fictional Drama
WWII
Europe

This is a novel that you wish was not written, and yet a story that must be told. Ms Midwood’s extraordinary sensitivity and gifted writing treats this devastating subject of the Holocaust with strength and delicacy, weaving a compelling love story that emerges from the horror of the concentration camps. In this biographical historical fiction, Ms Midwood does not flinch from the truth, nor hold back from describing scenes that cannot be imagined. And yet, her heroine, Ilse, has a strength and calmness that protects the reader from the anguish, and gently encourages us to read on.

Researched to the finest detail and woven with the art of a true storyteller, No Woman’s Land leaves an indelible memory, and in that alone, Ms Midwood has achieved her greatest literary success. Although this novel is harrowing, its message is that of hope and the promise of life, and is a story that should be shared and re-read. The voices may be stilled, but their memories must always be preserved. Brava.

Reviewed for Discovering Diamonds

© Elizabeth St John
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