Richard Aronowitz and John Steinberg: Fiction of Guilt and Identity
Chair: Jenni Frazer
John Steinberg’s Blue Skies Over Berlin is a moving and thought-provoking book about guilt and identity, featuring a young German woman who moves to London from war-ravaged Berlin in 1956. Taking a false name – Charlotte Brown – she lands the job of her dreams at the National Gallery, becoming enmeshed in a world of aristocratic rogues, conmen, thieves and shady art dealers.
Head of Sotheby’s Restitution Department, Richard Aronowitz’s An American Decade is an ambitious novel that takes in the tumultuous 1930s and the subsequent dramatic events of mid-twentieth century history: the Third Reich; the little-known story of the Nazi organisation – the German American Bund; and the Kindertransport. The authors discuss their work with writer and journalist Jenni Frazer.
Richard Aronowitz, a former Director of the Jewish Museum, works for Sotheby's, where he heads the Restitution Department. He began his writing career as a poet and is the highly regarded author of Five Amber Beads and It's Just the Beating of my Heart. His latest novel, An American Decade, is the companion piece to Five Amber Beads, which Accent Press will re-release in December 2017. He lives in Oxford.
John Steinberg spent many years in business before becoming a writer in 2008. Since then, he has co-written and produced comedies for the stage and has created a series of books for children. Blue Skies Over Berlin is his second novel.
Jenni Frazer's award-winning career in journalism has spanned over 30 years, where she has performed nearly every kind of role, from news reporter to bureau chief, from editing and commissioning, to running a team of reporters. She has interviewed many major celebrities and been a media commentator on UK radio and TV, including News 24 and The World Tonight for the BBC.