THE BUDAPEST HOUSE: A Life Rediscovered
Review Oxford Times January 2013
Memories of Conflict
Maggie Hartford talks to a foreign correspondent-turned-author about his new book, which unravels the family history of the wife of an ex-colleague.
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– Inspiring ... an enthralling book which I highly recommend.
– A riveting read at various levels ... Not at all a dry historical book as the personal touches bring the story alive. Thoroughly recommended!
– Weaves together beautifully broad historical events with those of a family and their home in a book which is a sober reminder of the fragility of civilisation.
– Marcus Ferrar's succinct ability to shed light into its dark corners with a compassionate eye has been a revelation.
– This book has a particular sort of soul-searching round important questions of history; community and when it is lost; and home – internal and external... The story is lightly told, with an author whose voice one trusts.
– Marcus Ferrar has brought all his expertise and skill into weaving together a story that morphs seamlessly from personal details about his central character, a Hungarian Jew seeking her roots, to a spellbinding history of Hungary from 1936 to the present day. He paints a vivid picture of a society ill at ease with its history having fought on the wrong side of most wars and now adjusting to the expectations of a united, if not always friendly, Europe. The Budapest House is real and within its fabric contains trauma, love and longing. The result is a beautifully written narrative that is a delight to read.
– The former Reuters correspondent weaves together beautifully broad historical events with those of a family and their home in a book which is a sober reminder of the fragility of civilisation.
A FOOT in BOTH CAMPS: a German Past for Better and for Worse
This lucidly-written book bridges the gap between Britain and Germany with scrupulous analysis and humane sympathy. It is an elegantly concise view of Anglo-German history set in the realities of personal and family existence.
Jim Reed, Emeritus Professor of German Language and Literature,
University of Oxford
Your mother seems a remarkable woman. It's good to see a British book about Germany that takes a positive view!
Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA, University of Cambridge
In this engaging book, Marcus Ferrar combines a personal memoir with a well-informed grasp of the history of both countries and their attitudes towards each other over the past century.
Iain R. Smith, Emeritus Reader in History, University of Warwick
SLOVENIA 1945: Memories of Death and Survival After World War II
- It presents us with a range of individuals as vividly seen and as sharply characterised as the multifarious inhabitants of War and Peace or A Dance to the Music of Time – 'Book of the Year' choice by John Bayley, literary critic,
Times Literary Supplement, December 2005
- An accessible, engaging read – The Catholic Herald
- This excellent book …raises a number of questions of profound historical and moral interest – The Tablet
- Part of a healing process …it is inspiring – The Friend
- It is right …that we too remember the tragedy which befell the Slovene people
– Jack Straw, British Foreign Secretary
- Impossible to put down – Cardinal Aloysius Ambrožič, Archbishop of Toronto
- A wealth of precise information and balanced judgments presented in a clear and pleasant style – Cardinal Franc Rode, Vatican
Who does not know that the first law of historical writing is the truth? –
I expect history to be kind to me, as I intend to write it myself –