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'That nickname...

'"Little bird." It wasn't mine. I found out later he gave it to every little girl that came in to be injected.

'"Little Bird" didn't mean anything. It was a trick. There were thousands of "little birds", just like me, all thinking they were the only one.'

As a reporter, Jacques Peretti has spent his life investigating important stories. But there was one story, heard in scattered fragments throughout his childhood, that he never thought to investigate. The story of how his mother survived Auschwitz.

In the few last months of the Second World War, 13-year-old Alina Peretti, along with her mother and sister, was one of 13,000 non-Jewish Poles sent to Auschwitz. Her experiences there cast a shadow over the rest of her life.

Now 90, Alina has been diagnosed with dementia. Together, mother and son begin a race against time to record her memories and preserve her family's story. Along the way, Jacques learns long-hidden secrets about his mother's family. He gains an understanding of his mother through retracing her past, learning more about the woman who would never let him call her 'Mum'.

©2022 Jacques Peretti (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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A tale of hope

One criticism was the volume of recording wold vary making it harder for me to hear at times.

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You only have onelife

This book is very inspiring, triumph over over adversity. My life seems very t am e in comparison

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amazing!

loved this book so much!!! would recommend. I think I would buy a paper copy also to re read it.

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Amazing story...and true!!!

It must be the most amazing thing to discover later in life that your mother, when she was younger, had lived a life the best novelists could not make up. It's the detail in the memories that make you realise this story is not a fiction, and the privilege of hearing first hand witness to major events in 20th century history, and not having to live through them yourself, is amazing.
This is a terrific book telling a story that was hidden for years but deserves to be heard. Undoubtedly a labour of love, in every sense, it is wonderful to hear it read by the author who is telling you, personally, the story he discovered of an amazing family history only recently discovered. I couldn't thank him more for introducing them to me

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incredible

I loved this book - the incredible true story of survival. The book hoes from now during covid lockdown to the distant past to the Nazis invading Hungary and Poland - really unbelievable how anyone survived.