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The Children Of Willesden Lane: A Memoir of Music, Love and Survival

Mona Golabek, Lee Cohen

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Prose: non-fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

In the bestselling tradition of Schindler's List and The Diary of Anne Frank, THE CHILDREN OF WILLESDEN LANE is a story of triumph and transcendence, of the gift of music and the strength of the human spirit over the evils of war.

Based on the true story of her mother, Mona Golabek describes the inspirational story of Lisa Jura Golabek's escape from Nazi-controlled Austria to England on the famed Kindertransport. Lisa Jura is the only one of 3 sisters to receive the chance of a way out of Austria as her family chooses to send her to London, where she will be able to pursue her dreams of becoming a concert pianist. Separated from her beloved family she bravely endures the trip and a disastrous posting outside London before ending up at the Willesden Lane orphanage. It is there that Lisa's story truly comes to life. There her music inspires the other children and they in turn cheer her on in her efforts to make good on the promise she made to her family to fulfil her musical potential. Through hard work and sheer pluck she wins a scholarship to study piano at the Royal Academy. As she supports herself and her studies she forges a new life but dreams of re-connecting with the family she left behind.
The resulting tale delivers a message of the power of music to uplift the human spirit and to grant the individual soul endurance, patience and peace.

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