The Love of Geli Raubal by Brenda Squires

The Love of Geli Raubal

King’s College London graduate, Brenda Squires, (German 1969) is releasing her second book, The Love of Geli Raubal, on June 5th. Her first book, Landsker, won the Romantic Novelists Association’s New Writers Award. This is a coming-of-age tale set against the upheaval of the General Strike in 1926. The Love of Geli Raubal is a historical thriller. It draws on Brenda’s experience as a graduate of German and from the time she spent living and working in Berlin as a teacher and translator.

Not many people know about Geli Raubal, Hitler’s niece. Although Hitler preferred to ignore his family, the lively and artistic Geli was an exception. Hitler adored Geli and called her his princess. There were rumours about their relationship. In September 1931 she died in mysterious circumstances. The Love of Geli Raubal tells the story of how Max Dienst, journalist and ex-communist, struggles to find out the truth about her death. Did she commit suicide? Was she murdered? In 1932, when the book is set, the Weimar Republic is still holding sway, but only just. Its cabarets are still entertaining, its citizens enjoy freedom, the free press flourishes and women have equal rights. But the battle is on. Political parties struggle for hegemony as the Weimar Republic totters. When Max resurrects the controversy surrounding the death of Geli Raubal he is poking a sleeping viper.

The author’s motivation for writing the book comes partly from the love of a good story and partly from a desire to explore how people can be cowed through fear. While pursuing a career first as a teacher then as a psychotherapist the urge to write ran deep. Brenda splits her time between west Wales and London and is actively involved in promoting writing and literature. 

The Love of Geli Raubal is published by Parthian Books and will be available in W.H. Smiths, Waterstones and Daunt Books from early June 2016.