Ramzipoor, E. R.
This unusually assured debut novel reminded me what true bravery is. Loosely based on the true story of the Faux Soir newspaper, this tale speculates on what might have happened during the secret Belgian resistance operation to produce a satirical newspaper mocking Hitler and the occupying Nazi forces. Led by prankster journalist Marc Aubrion, a ragtag crew of smugglers, saboteurs, rogue professionals and street-wise urchins work together to defy the evils of the Nazi regime with laughter, even if it will cost them their lives. This is a story that balances humour and unspeakable human tragedy on a knife’s edge, while adding in the thrills and inventiveness of a heist caper.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)