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Chocolate Cake with Hitler
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Helga's childhood as the eldest of five children in Germany's First Family has been a gilded one, accompanying her parents to parties and rallies, moving between the city and their idyllic country estate. But the war has changed everything. And now, as defeat closes in on the Germans, Helga must move into a bunker in the heart of Berlin with her family and key members of the crumbling Nazi leadership - to be with their beloved Hitler. There is chocolate cake for tea every day with Uncle Leader, but Helga cannot help noticing that all is not well among the grown-ups. As each day passes, her underground world becomes increasingly tense and strange. There are tears and shouting behind slammed doors, and when even the soldiers who have been guarding them take their leave, Helga is faced with a terrible truth. Perhaps her perfect childhood has not been all that it seemed...
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About the Author

Emma Craigie is a writer and teacher. She is also author of Who Was.King Henry VIII (Short Books, 2006). She lives in Somerset.

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"An extraordinary tale - one of the best debut novels of 2010" The Times "Told with a child-like innocence, it is a poignant insight into the dying days of the Third Reich and the claustrophobic existence of those who stayed behind with 'Uncle Leader'" Daily Mail "Skilfully avoiding both sentimentality and sensationalism, Craigie has written an affecting and unusual exploration of the last days of Hitler" TLS "Her poised style is powerful and stripped of sentimentality, and she skilfully enters the psyche of a young girl." The Independent

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