All That I Am by Anna Funder

All That I Am

By Anna Funder

  • Release Date: 2011-08-29
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 310 Ratings
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When Hitler comes to power in 1933, a tight-knit group of friends and lovers become hunted outlaws overnight.  United in their resistance to the madness and tyranny of Nazism, they flee the country.  Dora, passionate and fearless; her lover, the greate playwright Ernst Toller; her younger cousin Ruth and Ruth's husband Hans find refuge in London.  Here they take awe-inspiring risks in order to continue their work in secret.  But England is not the safe-haven they think it is, and a single, chilling act of betrayal will tear them apart.

Some seventy years later, Ruth is living out her days is Sydney, making an uneasy peace with the ghosts of her past, and a part of history that has all but been forgotten.

'A gripping story of love and betrayal.  Dora is the most attractive fictional heroine in a long time.' New Statesman

'[Funder's] political and moral intelligence shine even more brightly than in Stasiland; the compassionate but unsentimental truthfulness towards her characters even more moving for being interwoven into a narrative of such complexity.' Raimond Gaita, Books of the Year, The Weekend Australian

'A sweeping first novel that cover love and war, friendship and betrayal, and the bonds that define a life.  It is a moving and ambitious work.' Ann Patchett

'Spellbinding.  There are echoes of the best espionage tales.' Sunday Telegraph


  • Didn't really engage with this.

    By Betsysew
    Most people seem to have loved this book, but although I did finish it, it was a bit of a plod. I just didn't care that much about any of the characters, and Dora in particular seemed especially contrived.
  • Well written and researched, very dark

    By Poor reader
    It is always good to read background events to WWII. This is a very dark part leading to world war 2. It reinforces how horrific the Hitler era was pre war. I found the book so disturbing as none of the characters had a life after the war. By that I mean they couldn't leave their past. An emotional and depressing read for me.
  • All That I Am

    By Margosteen
    Despite the number of books written about the Second World War and the knowledge that our protagonists must, inevitably ,fail in their endeavours, this book captivates and holds the reader tightly from the opening paragraph until the gentle ,insightful end. The prose is rich without self-indulgence. Anna Funder is to be congratulated.
  • Anna Funder is a great author

    By Hepling
    Great. Very well written another exciting book from Anna Funder. Well researched and engaging
  • All that I am

    By Gladiator-Citizen
    When I was young I used to come across the socialist workers party on polling day. They always struck me as somewhat extreme and off the planet. The story of their struggle during the almost unbelievable brutality of the Hitler era is sad yet inspiring. The story of Ernst Toller and Dora conjures up the wonderful people I have met who believed in their cause and saw issues so clearly while the dumb, mostly right wing majority, fell for the blandishments of the powerful, is sad but powerful reading. The story, as Anna Funder tells it, bears the marks of literary genius, embedded in exquisite imagery, and editing so refined that not a word is wasted. It holds it's own with our top echelon of writers - Peter Carey, Thomas Kennealy and David Marr and others. Oh how I loathe redneck right wingers, and the occasional self interested traitor of the genuinely compassionate idealistic left! -- Dally Messenger III
  • All that I am

    By Trish lamb
    Best book I've read in a long time.
  • Moving, haunting.

    By Scoobstar
    The story of the horrors that preceded the nightmare of Hitler. It is unimaginable that this is history.
  • Into German History

    By Flutterbon
    So I enjoyed the book. Very well written!
  • Brilliant

    By freddie jnr
    One of the best books i have ever read. It stays with you for a long time after. I was very emotional afterwards. I loved it