Anna Gmeyner (born in Vienna in 1902) was forced to flee from Nazi persecution in 1933. She emigrated to England and published Manja. A novel about five children (Querido Verlag, Amsterdam) in 1938. Manja was also her legacy as an author. Like many writers in exile, Anna Gmeyner fell silent in her unaccustomed surroundings. This novel bears eloquent and touching testimony to the depth and timelessness of her literary talent. Her daughter Eva Ibbotson became one of the most famous children’s writers in the English-speaking world, and her books have been translated into many languages.