The Girl Behind The Wall

A city divided.

When the Berlin Wall goes up, Karin is on the wrong side of the city. Overnight, she’s trapped under Soviet rule in unforgiving East Berlin and separated from her twin sister, Jutta.

Two sisters torn apart.

Karin and Jutta lead parallel lives for years, cut off by the Wall. But Karin finds one reason to keep going: Otto, the man who gives her hope, even amidst the brutal East German regime.

One impossible choice…

When Jutta finds a hidden way through the wall, the twins are reunited. But the Stasi have eyes everywhere, and soon Karin is faced with a terrible decision: to flee to the West and be with her sister, or sacrifice it all to follow her heart?

About the author

Mandy Robotham is a Globe and Mail, USA Today, and Canadian, US and Australian Kindle Top 100 bestseller. She has been an aspiring author from the age of nine, but was waylaid by journalism and later enticed by birth. She’s now a practicing midwife who writes about birth, death, love and everything else in between. She graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University.

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Why We Like It

  • ‘Powerful and haunting.’ Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
  • ‘Mandy captured a chilling sense of tension and fear, knowing what was on the horizon.’ Suzanne Goldring, author of My Name is Eva
  • ‘A gripping read, filled with tension and suspense.’ Fiona Valpy, bestselling author of The Dressmaker’s Gift

I've been dreaming of writing of a book since the age of nine, when I read Harriet the Spy and carried my notebook around the school playground trying to look interesting. I was waylaid, however, by journalism and children, which led me into midwifery, and more years away from my keyboard. But I'm immersed again in the world of words, having completed an MA in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University. Now I write about birth, death and anything else in between (when I'm not called out to birth with women in the small hours).

A Woman of War is my first novel, combining a continued passion for birth with a fascination for wartime history and the tenacity of the human soul - survival, regardless of culture or creed. Its reception among readers worldwide has been beyond my wildest dreams; in the Kindle bestseller lists in the UK & Canada, and in the paperback bestseller lists too.

My second novel - The Secret Messenger - continues a wartime theme, this time in occupied Venice and charts the contribution of the thousands of courageous women to the Allies' hard-won victory. Now I'm researching and gathering for the next two novels with Avon Books/Harper Collins. Thanks to book lovers, I'm one happy little scribe.

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