The Nine

  • Author Gwen Strauss
  • Narrator Juliet Stevenson
  • Publisher Bonnier Publishing Fiction
  • Run Time 13 hours and 34 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre History.

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What to expect

‘A triumph of imagination. Juliet Stevenson chronicles the terrible conditions in the concentration camps with an austere calm that makes the story hit the listener all the harder. She rejoices as we do in the life-saving kindness of strangers, and characterises the women brilliantly.’ The Times

The thrilling story of how nine young women, captured by the Nazis for being part of the Resistance, launched a breathtakingly bold escape and found their way home.

As the Second World War raged across Europe, and the Nazi regime tightened its reign of horror and oppression, nine women, some still in their teens, joined the French and Dutch Resistance. Caught out in heroic acts against the brutal occupiers, they were each tortured and sent east into Greater Germany to a concentration camp, where they formed a powerful friendship. In 1945, as the war turned against Hitler, they were forced on a Death March, facing starvation and almost certain death. Determined to survive, they made a bid for freedom, and so began one of the most breathtaking tales of escape and resilience of the Second World War.

The author is the great-niece of one of the nine, and she interweaves their gripping flight across war-torn Europe with her own detective work, uncovering the heart-stopping escape and survival of these heroes who fought fearlessly against Nazi Germany and lived to tell the tale.


‘A compelling, beautifully written story of resilience, friendship and survival.’ Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Nine is poignant, powerful, and shattering, distilling the horror of the Holocaust through the lens of nine unforgettable women…‘ Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code and The Alice Network

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