The Survivors Kate Furnivall
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We’re delighted to be taking part in the tour today sharing Laura’s thoughts on The Survivors by Kate Furnivall.

You don’t have long to wait to hold the book in your hands and smell the pages … The Survivors publishes in paperback tomorrow. 🙂

The Survivors Kate Furnivall

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (29 Nov. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471172309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471172304

Directly I saw him, I knew he had to die.’

Germany, 1945. Klara Janowska and her daughter Alicja have walked for weeks to get to Graufeld Displaced Persons camp. In the cramped, dirty, dangerous conditions they, along with 3,200 others, are the lucky ones. They have survived and will do anything to find a way back home.

But when Klara recognises a man in the camp from her past, a deadly game of cat and mouse begins.

He knows exactly what she did during the war to save her daughter.

She knows his real identity.

What will be the price of silence? And will either make it out of the camp alive?

The Survivors by Kate Furnivall is published in paperback on 29th November by Simon and Schuster, priced £7.99.


An interesting historical novel, telling the story of the lives of refugees after World War Two.

Klara and her daughter, Alicja arrive to Graufeld Displaced Persons camp after the war, following weeks of walking and hardship. Feeling unsafe in their new environment, Klara is desperate to keep her daughter safe.

The recognition of a man from her past, ignites a sheer desire to protect Alicja, at any cost.

I enjoyed that both mother and daughter held a voice in this novel as both are strong, courageous and fiercely determined characters.

The descriptions of their conditions in camp and Klara’s flashbacks to the war are excellently written, being moving, informative and harrowing.

A gripping read with plenty of emotion and tension.


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Kate FurnivallKate Furnivall was raised in Wales, went to London Uni and worked in advertising in London. She now lives in blissful Devon with her husband, snuggled up close to Agatha Christie’s house for inspiration. She has two sons and a manky cat.

Her first historical novel, The Russian Concubine, was inspired by her grandmother’s real-life story – she fled the Russian Revolution and became a refugee.

Kate has written ten historical novels, two of which have been shortlisted for the RNA Historical Novel of the Year Award.

Connect with Kate Furnivall


Twitter @KateFurnivall



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