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Debbie Rix

Author & voice over artist

About Me

When I was a child I remember thinking ‘what a shame I can’t have several careers’.  Little did I realise that I would be lucky enough to achieve that wish.I started my working life at the BBC and was the first newsreader on Breakfast Television when it launched.   I presented a variety of television programmes and worked as a voice over artist. 


As a mother of young children I took on producer roles developing a career in corporate and charity event production. But career number three was lurking in the shadows.  I had written stories since childhood, and my first novel – a historical novel about the creation of the Leaning Tower of Pisa - was finally published in 2015.  I have now written eight novels, four of which are set in World War 2 - a period of history that seems endlessly fascinating to readers and authors alike. 

The German Mother



Published on 31st July 2023

Minki Sommer has everything - a career in journalism in pre-war Germany, a close friendship with rising star Joseph Goebbels and a glamorous husband who is close to the seat of government power. But when her daughter develops an illness, Minki is confronted with the reality of the Nazi Party's cruel policy on eugenics and Minki is forced to fight for her child and ultimately what is right.

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The German Wife

Published on 13th January 2022
Germany, 1939: Annaliese is a doctor's wife, living in an elegant grey stone house with ivy creeping over the balcony.  But when her husband is ordered to work at the Dachau labour camp, her ordinary life is turned upside down by the horrors of war. And Annaliese finds herself in grave danger when she dares to fight for love and freedom...

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The Italian Girls


Published on 28th September 2020

The sun hung low in the sky casting pink light all over the city. A faint breeze blew over the rooftops, as flocks of starlings swirled above her, swooping and diving in unison. It seemed unimaginable that, even now, German soldiers were marching along the streets below. It was time, she decided, for direct action. It was time to fight back...

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The Secret Letter

Published on 22nd July 2019
Germany, 1939. A tumbledown farmhouse, on the outskirts of a close-knit village in the heart of the rolling hills of Bavaria. A once happy family home torn apart by Nazi rule. And one young girl who refuses to give up on what she believes in…

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The Photograph

Published on 27th June 2018 
If you loved The Letter by Kathryn Hughes and The Hourglass by Tracy Rees you’ll be swept away by this stunning summer read.

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La lettera dell'amore perduto

Published on 6th June 2019
The Photograph was translated into Italian by publisher Newton Compton.  Re-titled 'La Lettera dell'amore perduto' - letter from a lost love - it's available from bookshops in Italy, as well as via online retailers.  

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The Silk Weaver’s Wife

To be released on 19th July 2017
The Silk Weaver’s Wife: A beautiful and captivating story of love, betrayal and courage.

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Daughters of the Silk Road

‘The untold story of the Venetian explorer Niccolo di Conti and a priceless Ming vase handed down to his descendants.’

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The Girl with Emerald Eyes

Set in medieval Pisa, it tells the story of the extraordinary woman behind the most famous building in the world – the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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