Diane’s new novel, The Collaborator, will be published by HQ, a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers.
She says, “I’m very excited about this novel. The Collaborator is based on an astonishing true story set in the darkest days of World War II in Budapest. As soon as I heard it, I was hooked. I knew straightaway that I had to write a novel inspired by this extraordinary man. It’s a story that has everything: heroism, passion, revenge, redemption and betrayal. I’ve always been fascinated by the behaviour of ordinary people in extreme situations, but what intrigued me most about this story, was the underlying moral ambiguity at its heart. Was he a hero or a traitor? Or is it possible to be both?”
It is 1944 in Budapest and the Germans have invaded. In the violence that follows, Miklós Nagy has the audacity to confront the dreaded Adolf Eichmann to try and save thousands of Jews from the death camps. But no one could have foreseen the tragic consequences.
It is 2005 in Sydney, and Annika Barnett sets out on a journey that takes her to Budapest and Tel-Aviv to discover the truth about the mysterious man who rescued her grandmother in 1944.
By the time her odyssey is over, history has been turned on its head, past and present collide, and the secret that has poisoned the lives of three generations is finally revealed in a shocking climax that holds the key to their redemption.