Singing out of key
So quite why Hitler's canary by the comedienne Sandi Toksvig flung itself at me from a library bookshelf, I don't know. I'm not even a Sandi Toksvig fan, although I do rather enjoy novels about the Second World War. And this one, aimed at the younger teenage market, is a cracker.
Set in Denmark between 1940-43, the novel tells the story of the rise of Danish resistance to the Nazi occupation leading to the Danes moment of glory in which they smuggled out virtually every Danish Jew from under the occupying forces' noses. It is a quite incredible tale, not the least because much of what Toksvig relates really happened - her own family were involved, and many of the characters are based on Sandi's family; who are often as gloriously over the top as Toksvig herself.
This is a joyous tale. Toksvig doesn't simplify matters either - not all Danes are good, and not all Germans bad, there is both courage and evil on both sides. But it is a wonderfully life-affirming story and a great contrast to my previous read.