Bloomsbury acquires memoir from ghetto survivor

Bloomsbury has acquired a memoir written from the perspective of a child survivor of the ghetto in Przemyśl, established during the Second World War in Nazi-occupied Poland. The story of "courage and hope" and the "power of books" is written by Renata Calverley and will be published in paperback in February 2013.

The ghetto in Przemyśl was sealed in 1942 and was estimated to include as many as 24,000 Jews, many of whom were later sent to the Auschwitz or Belzec extermination camps. It is estimated that only 400 Przemysl Jews survived.

Editor in chief Alexandra Pringle bought world rights in Let Me Tell You a Story from Jemima Hunt at The Writers' Practice. Pringle said: "We are delighted to be publishing Renata Calverley’s memoir. This is a truly remarkable account of a Jewish child’s survival in war-time Poland, told with extraordinary skill from the child’s point of view. It is a story of courage and hope, of the kindness of strangers and the power of books to sustain a human being through the worst of experiences. 

"Like The Diary of Anne Frank and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, it is a classic in the making that can be read by adults and children alike."