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Title:
The Zookeeper's War
Written by:
Steven Conte 
Read by:
Jennifer Vuletic 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
Duration:
9 hours 41 minutes 
Published:
October 01 2020 
Available Date:
October 01 2020 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781460786147 
Genres:
Fiction; Historical Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda/HarperCollins audio 
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Australian author
Debut novel

The Zookeeper's War is a powerful novel of a marriage, and of a city collapsing. It confronts not only the brutality of war but the possibility of heroism – and delivers an ending that is both shocking and deeply moving.

A story of passion and sacrifice in a city battered by war … It is 1943 and each night in a bomb shelter beneath the Berlin Zoo an Australian woman, Vera, shelters with her German husband, Axel, the zoo's director. Together, they struggle to look after the animals through the air raids and food shortages. When the zoo's staff is drafted into the army, forced labourers are sent in as replacements. At first, Vera finds the idea abhorrent, but gradually she realises that the new workers are the zoo's only hope, and forms an unlikely bond with one of them. This is a city where a foreign accent is a constant source of suspicion, where busybodies report the names of neighbours' dinner guests to the Gestapo. As tensions mount in the closing days of the war, nothing and no one, it seems, can be trusted.

'This is an unlikely, charming and moving first novel.'
The Times

'Beautifully textured and extremely well realised ... a clever, inspired, insightful, tension-filled drama.'
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