The Star on the Grave

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Pub Date 30 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 30 Jan 2024

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A novel inspired by 'the Japanese Schindler', written by a woman who owes him her life. 

In 1940, as the Nazis sweep toward Lithuania, Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara defies his own government and secretly issues thousands of visas to Jewish refugees desperate to flee. After the war, Sugihara is dismissed and disappears into obscurity.

Three decades later, in Australia, Rachael Margol, her father and her grandmother live disconnected from one another and haunted by unspoken tragedies. When Rachel announces her engagement to a Greek Orthodox man, it detonates a long-held secret. The Margols are actually the Margolins: they are Jewish, and her family has concealed their identity from her and the world. But why? As Rachel struggles to understand this deception, an opportunity arrives to visit Chiune Sugihara, the man who risked his life to save them during World War II. Rachel becomes determined to meet him, but will a journey to Japan, and the secrets it uncovers, heal the Margolins or fracture them for good?

An extraordinary novel inspired by the true story of Chiune Sugihara, and the thousands of people – including the author – who owe him their lives.

A novel inspired by 'the Japanese Schindler', written by a woman who owes him her life. 

In 1940, as the Nazis sweep toward Lithuania, Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara defies his own government and...


A Note From the Publisher

Linda Margolin Royal was born in Sydney, forever thankful her father and grandparents received life-saving transit visas from Chiune Sugihara in 1940, which enabled them to enter Japan and escape the Holocaust; and ultimately meant they could find a permanent, safe home in Australia in 1941. The remainder of her family numbering in the hundreds were murdered in concentration camps. This work is therefore a labour of love to which she is now devoting her life.

She trained as a graphic designer and then copywriter, and spent 30 years in the advertising industry both in Australia and the US, writing TV, radio and press for major multinationals. Her first instinct was to write her family's story as a film, which is currently in development; and the book grew organically from this screenplay.

Linda's creative bent extends to abstract painting and drawing from live models – skills she has carried through life from her time in design school.

The Star on the Grave is her first novel.

Linda Margolin Royal was born in Sydney, forever thankful her father and grandparents received life-saving transit visas from Chiune Sugihara in 1940, which enabled them to enter Japan and escape the...


Marketing Plan

  • Think The Tattooist of Auschwitz (380k on bookscan) meets Booker Prize-winner Schindler's Ark 
  • Fiction set between war-torn Lithuania, Australia and Japan, based on the author's own family history and with support from Chiune Sugihara's son, Nobuki
  • A screenplay currently in the works by Nico Lathouris (co-screenwriter on Mad Max: Fury Road) with support from Screen Australia and Screen NSW [confirm embargo end date]
  • Will have a huge marketing and publicity campaign kicking off on World Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January)
  • Think The Tattooist of Auschwitz (380k on bookscan) meets Booker Prize-winner Schindler's Ark 
  • Fiction set between war-torn Lithuania, Australia and Japan, based on the author's own family history and...

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EDITION Paperback
ISBN 9781922930392
PRICE A$34.99 (AUD)
PAGES 320

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