‘Spellbinding. There are echoes of the best espionage tales’
– Sunday Telegraph (UK)
‘This book is a wonder’ – Spectator
‘A ripper’ – The Australian
‘In what she has to say about love and betrayal there is profound truth’
– The Times (UK)
‘Imaginative, compassionate and convincing’
— Wall Street Journal
‘Funder writes with grace and conviction about the intrusion of the political on the domestic and the thrill of falling in love over a cause’
— New York Times Book Review
Winner – Miles Franklin Literary Award 2012
Winner – Barbara Jefferis Award
Winner – Independent Bookseller’s Award for Best Debut Fiction
Winner – Indie Book of the Year 2012
Winner – Australian Book Industry Award Best Literary Fiction
Winner – Australian Book Industry Award Book of the Year 2012
Winner – Nielsen BookData Bookseller’s Choice Award 2012
Shortlisted – Prime Minister’s Award 2012
Shortlisted – W.A. Premier’s Literary Award 2012
‘When Hitler came to power I was in the bath. . .’
Ruth Becker, defiant and cantankerous, is living out her days in Sydney. She has made an uneasy peace with the ghosts of her past – and a part of history that has been all but forgotten.
Another lifetime away, it’s 1939 and the world is going to war. Ernst Toller, self-doubting revolutionary and poet, sits in a New York hotel room settling up the account of his life.
When Toller’s story arrives in Ruth’s doorstep their shared past slips under her defences, and she’s right back among them – those friends who predicted the brutality of the Nazis and gave everything they had to stop them. Those who were tested – and in some cases found wanting – in the face of hatred, of art, of love, and of history.
ALL THAT I AM was published to critical and popular acclaim in the UK (where it was both BBC Book of the Week and Book at Bedtime) and Australia (where it has spent nine months on the Bestseller List, twice at No.1). It was released February 2012 in the USA and Italy and other countries around the world to follow.