08 May 2023

The Girl with the Red Hair


By Buzzy Jackson


A 2023 Top Rated Read

Hannie Schaft is studying law at university in Amsterdam when Nazi Germany invades neutral Netherlands. As the situation rapidly worsens, Jews are being rounded up and transported out of the city. Hannie, fearful for the safety of her two Jewish friends Philine and Sonja, smuggles them to her parents' house in Haarlem, where they must remain hidden. 

Driven by the injustice of what's happening in her homeland, Hannie becomes an assassin in the resistance; so notorious that Hitler himself places her on his Most Wanted list as 'the girl with the red hair'.

Based on real events and people, I thought this was a fantastic book. Emotional, powerful, heartbreaking; yet uplifting and inspiring, the beautifully descriptive writing was simply wonderful. The horror of the hardships these people had to endure under Nazi occupation hits you with full force. Hannie was a ray of sunshine and hope in a country torn apart by suffering and mistrust. 

At times not an easy read but one that puts our lives today into perspective. The courage and bravery of the resistance fighters is a story that needs telling. Author Buzzy Jackson has accomplished this with empathy and authenticity. If you read only one book this year, make sure it's this one. 

Hannie Schaft (16 September 1920 – 17 April 1945)         


  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph
  • Publication Year: 2023
  • Author: Buzzy Jackson
  • Genre: Historical Fiction, War & Military


1940, Amsterdam.

You're nineteen years old. The war has stolen your future and your country is under siege. The people you love are no longer safe.

Will you stand aside as the menace of Nazi evil tightens its grip on your homeland? Or do you unleash your fury, joining forces with your enemies' enemies, plotting to strike?

Because if not you, then who?

You're drawn deep into a web of plots, disguises and assassinations. The Resistance trained you for this. You flash your enemies a smile and beckon them closer.

Little do they know you've grown used to the weight of a gun in your hand.

Soon, they will all know your name . . .

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