The Landlady – Berlin – May 1923
Seven years before she ever heard the names Christopher Isherwood or Sally Bowles, Margareta Thurau is living life to the full. Or so she thinks.
Life is good in her second-floor apartment on Nollendorfstrasse, in the heart of Berlin’s Schöneberg, but in the streets below society is tearing itself apart.
The currency is crashing, inflation is soaring and no one knows what will happen next.
The war may have ended five years ago, but battles are still being fought daily on the streets of Berlin. The bold new Weimar Republic is on its knees and a succession of failed governments have fixed nothing.
A week is no time at all in Berlin and for Margareta and her neighbours in Nollendorfstrasse 17, this week will change their lives for ever.
The Director – Berlin – Summer, 1926
The years of hardship and austerity are finally over. The people of Berlin have money in their pockets again and they want to go out dancing. Imported American jazz is the soundtrack of the summer, filling ballrooms, dance clubs and concert halls across the city.
To young Berliners, like Pieps Podolsky, America means progress and the freedom to be whoever you want to be. His neighbour, Margareta Thurau, who lived through a war and then lost everything in the subsequent chaos and hyper-inflation, is not so convinced.
At the edges of society there are scars that never healed and dark rumblings of discontent that could easily sweep up the disenchanted. Happy arrivals and tearful departures are becoming a way of life for the residents of Nollendorfstrasse 17. But, for most of them, life is good… for now!
This softcover novel measures 125 x 190mm and is printed on recycled paper. It can be shipped worldwide.