Books

Sarah Matthias has written 4 books, 3 of which form part of a series of medieval murder mystery novels for children. Read about Sarah’s books on this page and click the book to learn more and for links to order copies.

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Articles

Read some of Sarah’s articles here. Sarah publishes articles regularly on the site, writing about her books and the themes they cover, as well as other topics, so be sure to check back on this page to read the latest content.

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About Sarah

Sarah Matthias was born in Manchester and grew up largely in the north of England. She studied at Oxford University and then worked for the BBC in London as a trainee producer. She left the BBC to qualify as a barrister…

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Welcome to the official website for author, Sarah Matthias.

Here you can read about Sarah's latest work and her previous books with links on where to buy copies. Her new book, 'A Berlin Love Song' is published in April and there will be some launch events announced soon, here on the website. There are also some articles featured on the site, where Sarah talks about what inspires her writing.

On Meeting my Character in Auschwitz

An extract from the article 'My inspiration for A Berlin Love Song'

"I visited Auschwitz, both the main camp where the holocaust museum is situated and also the death camp two miles away – Auschwitz-Birkenau. By that time I had read everything I could get my hands on about the Zigeunerlager, the gypsy family camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau. The remains of the camp is vast but I didn’t need a map or a guide because I had the layout of the camp so clearly in my mind. My husband was amazed that I knew my way around the vast area without a map. But by this time it had lived with me for so long. I stood with my family on the site of the gypsy family camp, on the very place where I imagined my character Lili Petalo, would have lived. We walked around the remains of the gas chambers where thousands of Jews, gypsies and political prisoners had been gassed and walked down the railway lines where the cattle trucks came in, carrying truckloads of desperate people to be worked to death or gassed as soon as they emerged. It was a very emotional visit, and I was able to buy a wonderful series of books in the museum there called Voices of Memory, containing first hand accounts from hundreds of prisoners and witnesses, gathered together by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. And it was in that museum that I saw the picture of the Romani girl who would come, in my own mind, to be Lili Petalo."

Review | Pippa Goodheart

Pippa GoodheartAn Awfully Big Blog Adventure

review-iconBoth Lily’s and Max’s points of view give us a fresh alternative to the usual British point of view we experience when reading about World War Two, and that in itself gives great food for thought. So many characters and such a lot of complex history, this is a great achievement! Read More…

Reader Review | Izzy Read

review-icon‘Stories like this remind me that war is a tragedy; tearing family’s and lives apart. I recommend this to lovers of Anne Frank’s Diary.’ Izzy Read reviews A Berlin Love Song. Read More…

Review | Historical Novel Society

Marion Rose – The Historical Novel Society

review-iconI loved everything about this book, from the freshness of the writing: ‘Helmuth roared into the farmyard on his motorbike, scattering hens like skittles’, to the harsh intensity of a romance ensnared in the dark events of the Romani Holocaust. One for every library and older-teenage bookshelf. Read More…