Simon & Schuster Australia is thrilled to announce that Tania Blanchard’s The Girl from Munich (2017) and Suitcase of Dreams (2018) have sold more than 100,000 copies in Australia. In what is an incredible achievement for an early career novelist, Blanchard’s writing has resonated strongly with consumers across the country, earning stellar reviews from an array of publications and a devoted following within the reading community.
Originally published in September 2017, The Girl from Munich and November 2018’s Suitcase of Dreams, draw on Tania’s compelling family history, particularly the fascinating stories her German grandmother told her as a child. Tales of war, the search for freedom, belief in love, and the unifying themes of family, legacy and home are explored in her work.
Publisher, Cassandra Di Bello says, ‘It is so wonderful to see readers falling in love with Tania’s novels as much as we have and we’re delighted that Tania has reached this milestone so early in her writing career.’
Tania says: ‘I feel privileged to have shared my grandmother’s story and I’m thrilled that it has touched so many people. My grandmother would be so proud to know how far her story has come.’
The Girl from Munich was awarded the 2018 ABIA Shortlisted Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, while both The Girl from Munich and Suitcase of Dreams are on this year’s Better Reading Top 100 list!
Tania’s eagerly-awaited third novel Letters from Berlin, will publish in October 2020. Set in Berlin in 1943, the book tells the story of Susie and Leo, a mixed race German couple – one Christian, one Jewish – which presents an experience of war that is rarely discussed in fiction. After learning about what her family had endured and how proud it made her feel, Tania says that it showed her ‘what a family will do to stay together, what a family will do to protect its own.’
Tania Blanchard lives in Sydney with her husband and three children.
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