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26 June 2009


Saving Rafael - preview
I hadn’t planned to write a second young adult novel set in Nazi Germany
  • I’d already written a previous young adult novel about the period
  • But it was like the moment in Meeting when your heart begins pounding and you know you’ve been called on to minister
  • One Friday morning I had an idea; by Saturday lunchtime I had a first chapter and a complete synopsis
  • The novel had chosen me

  • I could hear Jenny, the heroine, talking
  • About the Jewish family next door in Berlin, who were such close friends they were effectively family
  • Uncle Markus and Aunty Edith and their son Rafael, her childhood sweetheart, with his apparently un-Jewish blond hair and blue eyes
  • And Jenny’s father made marionettes for a living, and he was a Quaker
  • There are some decisions, in novels, that you can change
  • Others are so much part of the original concept that you couldn’t alter them without wrecking the entire thing
  • Jenny’s father’s Quakerdom was one of those

  • Leslie Wilson

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