Chocolate Cake with Hitler

“You, Helga Goebbels, are my favourite girl in the whole world,” he says. “If only you were 20 years older!” He leans over me, his smell like the furniture in the servants’ quarters. The photographer is laughing. Papa is laughing. But I don’t take any notice. I turn right away and stare at the camera.

Chocolate Cake with Hitler tells the remarkable story of Helga Goebbels, daughter of the Nazi Party’s head of propaganda, who spent the last ten days of her life cooped up in a bunker in Berlin with Adolf Hitler.

As defeat closes in on the Germans, life in the bunker becomes increasingly fraught. There’s chocolate cake every day for tea with Uncle Fuhrer, but Helga cannot help noticing that all is not well among the grown-ups. Her parents grow more and more tense, the bunker grows daily more empty and, as even the soldiers who have been guarding them take their leave, Helga is faced with a terrible truth. Perhaps her perfect childhood has not been all that it seemed…

“An extraordinary tale… one of the best debut novesl of 2010”
The Times

“Told with a child-like innocence, it is a poignant insight into the dying days of the Third Reich and the claustrophobic existence of those who stayed behind with ‘Uncle Leader’”
Daily Mail

“Skilfully avoiding both sentimentality and sensationalism, Craigie has written an affecting and unusual exploration of the last days of Hitler”

What Was Never Said

The Cutter came last night. I recognised her, her black clothes, and the yellow whites of her eyes.

15-year old Zahra has lived in England most of her life, but she is haunted by memories of her early childhood in Africa: the warm sun, the loud gunfire, and the happy days playing with her older sister before “the visitors” came. It is hard for Zahra to make sense of everything that happened, and the terrible events are impossible to talk about, but when three familiar women arrive unexpectedly for tea, Zahra realises that the dangers of the past could still destroy her.

What Was Never Said is the powerful story of a girl navigating the demands of two very different and conflicting worlds; a tale of surviving loss and overcoming fears.

“What Was Never Said tells the story of a young girl growing up, overcoming adversity and finding a way to bridge different cultures”

Guardian“An important, beautifully written story that deserves to be read.”

The Times, Alex O'Connell“What Was Never Said came about after Emma met a group of young Somalian students campaigning against FGM and violence against young women and girls.”
Western Gazette

Hitler's Last Day - Minute by Minute -

by Jonathan Mayo and Emma Craigie

On 30th April 1945 Germany is in chaos…

Russian troops have reached Berlin. All over the country, people are on the move – concentration camp survivors, Allied PoWs, escaping Nazis – and the civilian population is fast running out of food. The man who orchestrated this nightmare is in his bunker beneath the capital, saying his farewells.

Hitler’s Last Day: Minute by Minute is pure chronological narrative, as seen through the eyes of those who were with Hitler in those last tumultuous hours; those fighting in the streets of Germany; and those pacing the corridors of power in Washington, London and Moscow. It was a day of endings and beginnings when ordinary people were placed in extraordinary situations.

“Beyond fascinating... this book brings to life a thousand different people in the most dramatic moment of the last century”
Jeremy Vine

“Mesmerisingly recreates the minute by panic-filled minute, as madness and terror engulfed the Fuhrer's bunker”
Daily Mail

“Riveting... A vivid present is maintained throughout”