Elizabeth McCreary’s mother Lillian Frankl was a child of the Kindertransport – but she refuses to speak of the past. Determined to learn more, Elizabeth flies to Vienna on the start of a life-changing journey.
At home in London, her lawyer husband Anthony is facing disgrace. Vast sums have been siphoned off from his firm’s client account to support the far right British Independent Party of which his father, William, is Treasurer. William’s close links with the Crediton Trust in Devon, a pharmaceutical company of prestige and power, are helping to make his political ambitions a reality. However, behind the big-business façade of Crediton lies a dark past rooted in Nazi Germany, of theft and the sinister use to which its drugs were put during World War Two.
For the McCrearys, one astounding revelation follows another. Nothing can ever be the same – and all roads lead inexorably back to Vienna.
When and where do you prefer to write?
Early mornings are the most productive in a room with a view.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are wrting?
Yes absolutely. But that can also be out walking, where I manage to do a lot of thinking.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Not my preferred route.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
Difficult to say how others might perceive you. Althouth I’m a proponent of self-deprecating humour.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Prefer to be interviewed.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
At my desk or in bed at night time
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Family time at the dinner table/ watching selective stuff on TV
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
A brief moment of accomplishment that I don’t dwell on for too long because current projects have taken over in the meantime.
How do you come up with a title for your book?
Impulsively or suggestions from my editor/ marketing team
How do you pick a cover for your book?
Dicscussion with an an artist work colleague, once she has read the text.
Thank you, John Steinberg and Zooloo’s Book Tours
About the author
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 2007.
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 Stories’.”