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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Vusa the African Wild Dog Guardian

An exciting new opportunity became available when Southern African Conservation Trust invited Sarah to join their rural schools’ education programme and write a new original comic for rural children about the critically endangered African Wild Dog.

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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 | 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…

Reader Review | Talia Jacobs

review-icon‘A soon to be bestseller, there are no words to describe how much I adored this beautiful novel. A haunting, bittersweet story about forbidden love, set in the harsh reality of the Second World War.’ Talia Jacobs reviews A Berlin Love Song. Read More…

Reader Review | Humaira Kauser

review-icon‘A Berlin Love Song is a sweet, heartfelt story that pulls on your heartstrings…. Max and Lili’s love story is one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.’ Humaira Kauser reviews A Berlin Love Song.  Read More...