Blue Skies Over Berlin
A young German woman, thinking she can escape her memories of wartime Berlin, moves to London
in 1954 under her new name of Charlotte Brown. The offer of a prestigious job at the National
Gallery leads her to believe that she can establish a new life in a city itself emerging from the ruins of
With her new identity, Charlotte hopes she has left Eva Schlessinger far behind . . . but when her job
brings her into contact with a ruthless set of art dealers with dubious wartime connections, she fears
they can see behind her facade. Priceless masterpieces start appearing at auction, stolen from
murdered Jewish families by the Nazis, and she herself is implicated. At this point, Charlotte makes a
solemn promise – one that will take her a lifetime to fulfil.
Blue Skies Over Berlin is a novel about secrets and guilt in an uncertain time, balanced by friendship and enduring love – and ultimately the need to make amends for just standing by.
Born and raised in North London in 1952, John still lives in the city with his wife and three children.
Privately educated, John left school after ‘A’ levels and completed a business diploma in what is now
the University of Westminster, before entering banking.
He started training as an accountant but did not complete the course, choosing a position in his
family’s furniture manufacturing business instead. John started his own mergers and acquisitions
business in 1987, which he ran for almost 20 years before quitting to become a full time writer in
John has co-written and produced comedies for the stage and has created a series of books for
children. “Previously, I had only been interested in comedy and finally started to write down the
things I said or thought of. That led me to co-write and produce a play, In the Balance, and then W
for Banker – which appeared at the New End Theatre, Hampstead. It was then I decided to quit the
world of business in favour of writing full-time, and move toward more serious subjects. My first
novel has taken two years to write and is the first in a series of books I am calling the ‘Steinberg
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