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From the bestselling author of The Jade Lily comes a compelling novel based on a true story of a WWII European heirloom that brought down war criminals and travelled through history … to be found in an Australian country shed in 2019. Here’s your chance to win 1 of 16 Copies of The Hidden Book.

Europe, 1940s: Imprisoned in the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, Spanish fighter and photographer Mateo Baca is ordered to process images of the camp and inmates for a handful of photo books being made for presentation to top Nazi figures. Just five books in total, or so the officials think …

Mateo manages to make a secret sixth book and, with the help of a local woman, Lena Lang, it remains hidden until the end of the war. Australia, present day: When thirteen-year-old Hannah Campbell’s Yugoslavian grandfather, Nico Antonov, arrives in Australia to visit his family, one of the gifts he brings with him is an intriguing- looking parcel wrapped in a flour sack, which Roza, Hannah’s mother, quickly hides.

Later, Hannah sneaks off in search for the mysterious package. She is horrified to find in it a photo book full of ghastly historical photographs of a terrible place full of people suffering.

At first Hannah has little context for what she sees, but over the years, as she experiences love, grief and trauma, she understands what these photos came to mean, for herself, her freedom and for those who risked their lives to ‘bear witness’ to history.

A startling story of clandestine courage and treachery in World War Two, and how we must meet and overcome our pasts to move into our futures.

Praise for Kirsty Manning:

‘A superb evocation of pre-war Paris … a mystery I couldn't put down.’ – Kerry Greenwood on The Paris Mystery

‘Colourful characters and a brisk pace make this a pleasure.’ – Publishers Weekly on The Paris Mystery

‘A glittering party, a dead body, and a room full of alluring suspects, this book is everything you are looking for. With deft light strokes, Kirsty Manning takes the reader on an Agatha Christie-style journey in 1930s Paris, led by infallible hero, journalist Charlie James. The Paris Mystery will transport, titillate and ultimately, satisfy. Run don’t walk to get your copy!’ – Sally Hepworth, author of The Soulmate

Please note this competition is open from 2nd October 2023 until 29th October 2023 and is only available to members of Mouths Of Mums. This competition is a game of skill – answer in 50 words or less. We are unable to accept entries posted via facebook. Facebook LIKE functionality is not a requirement of entry to this competition. The winners of this competition will be published on this page. Winners’ name and address will be provided to the promoter of this competition and prizes will be sent to the address you have in Your Profile. Please ensure your details are up to date so that you receive your prize.

Winners for this competition

  1. D. KitsonNSW
  2. L. TrbusicQLD
  3. M. ClarkQLD
  5. S. KolNSW
  6. J. MeatcherNSW
  7. T. HowardTAS
  8. S. AndrewQLD
  9. A. RobinsonVIC
  10. M. JonesWA
  11. S. TempleNSW
  12. D. LawsonSA
  13. R. GodwinACT
  14. L. RockliffWA
  15. W. ChristidisWA
  16. G. FawellSA
  • We have a book club at work (actually its a book cult!) We love to share new and different books with the group to read and this would be a great addition to our library.

  • I love a true story based on WWII Europe, with a bit of love, grief and trauma. Just like my most favourite read was The Bronze Horseman of the same period a great family story with a bit of fiction. I would love to read The Hidden Book.

  • I’m moved to tears by the description here and the reviews. What an amazing combination of courage, growiing up and learning. We all need a tribe, we all endure suffering/obstacles and we all grow. I’d love to grow through enduring the conflict in the book and coming to appreciate the endurance and the outcome from it with the characters.

  • I love historical fiction. The combination of real life events and fictional characters and plots is extremely engaging and believable. It’s so easy to get lost in the story.

  • As an ADF Reservist and a student of World Wars 1 and 2, I would love to have this book to reflect my studies, interest and appreciation of this era and its tragedies and atrocities.

  • The story plot sounds intriguing and one that I would love to get lost in.

  • History, drama, thrills, yes please! Time to fill on my daily, long commute.

  • Adventure, love, fun and excitement

  • I’m drawn to historical novels that explore hidden stories from WWII. This book’s tale of courage, hidden photographs, and the impact of history on future generations intrigues me. I’d love to delve into this compelling narrative.

  • I love stories from WWII. It’s been an interest of mine for years. I’ve turned into a couch potato in recent months watching TV when my toddler goes to sleep so it’s time to refresh my mind with a good novel.

  • I like to read It and seeing more

  • I’d love to win a copy of “The Hidden Book” to immerse myself in its enthralling blend of history, mystery, and family drama, experiencing the joy of a well-crafted narrative. It seems like a literary journey worth embarking on!!

  • Love a great read and this one definitely meets the bill!

  • I’m a history enthusiast, and The Hidden Book’s blend of WWII intrigue and a modern-day quest to uncover the past has me captivated. Winning a copy would be a literary treat that takes me on a journey through time and generations.

  • I love to read books from this time. We need to keep history alive to stop us making the same mistakes in the future!

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