An engrossing account of a forbidden love in war-torn Berlin between a Jewish boy and his childhood sweetheart.
Leslie Wilson grew up in the Lake District with a German mother and an English father. She has always spoken German, has made many visits to Germany and lived there for a while. She has also lived in Hong Kong. She has two daughters.
"Completely engrossing. I'm sure it will get great reviews when it comes out, and it should be on shortlists." -- Linda Newbery
"There is an almost Anne Frank quality about the thoughts and aspirations of young Jenny. A compelling read, [that] gives deep insights into the moral and physical disarray of a nation which has allowed itself to be hijacked by one of the greatest evils of our times." -- Jamila Gavin
"It's a fascinating portrait of a place and of people who don't get written about very much and who are endlessly interesting: the rescuers." -- Adele Geras
"Full of such horrible injustice cruelty, fear and grief - and told with such particularity and exactness - nailing every scene and shift of emotion - that it's painfully real and harrowing. I think it's a superb piece of writing. I'll be very surprised if it's not up for awards in the next year." -- Susan Price
"Saving Rafael was a book I couldn't put down." -- Mary Hoffman