Episode 499 | Natasha Solomons Interview

Today’s our author interview guest is Natasha Solomons, author of House of Gold. In this episode, we talk about dealing with dyslexia, Natasha’s life-long love of storytelling, writing historical fiction, finding unique historical facts that make a story come alive, her family connection to her latest book, and much more.

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Author and screenwriter Natasha Solomons grew up peering at an old portrait in her parents’ house, a haunting image of a German ancestor from Frankfurt’s Jewish ghetto.  Solomons learned that he had been a tutor and neighbor of the Rothschilds—the same family whose meteoric rise in wealth and power served as a beacon of hope to other Jews of the era. Her family’s historical footnote captivated the aspiring author and planted the seeds for a novel.

HOUSE OF GOLD has already been optioned for development as a television series by Tall Stories, part of the United Kingdom network behind Downton Abbey.

Historically accurate and epic in scope, HOUSE OF GOLD introduces the Goldbaums, a fictional composite of a handful of wealthy Jewish families that rose to prominence in Europe before the original Brexit—the first time Europe split at the seams during the First World War.  In Solomons’ capable hands, the story offers a glimpse inside the lavish life of European power brokers pre-World War I, as well as an up-close-and-personal look at the devastating effects of war and its aftermath. At the center of Solomons’ novel is a mismatched young couple, pressed into a marriage of business interests, yet whose perseverance just could bring a comforting stability to a chaotic world.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford, an epic family saga about a headstrong Austrian heiress who will be forced to choose between the family she’s made and the family that made her at the outbreak of World War I.

The start of a war. The end of a dynasty.

Vienna, 1911. Greta Goldbaum has always dreamed of being free to choose her own life’s path, but the Goldbaum family, one of the wealthiest in the world, has different expectations. United across Europe, Goldbaum men are bankers, while Goldbaum women marry Goldbaum men to produce Goldbaum children. Jewish and perpetual outsiders, they know that though power lies in wealth, strength lies in family.

So Greta moves to England to wed Albert, a distant cousin. Defiant and lonely, she longs for connection and a place to call her own. When Albert’s mother gives Greta a garden, things begin to change. Perhaps she and Albert will find a way to each other.

But just as she begins to taste an unexpected happiness, war is looming and even the influential Goldaums can’t alter its course. For the first time in two hundred years, the family will find themselves on opposing sides and Greta will have to choose: the family she’s created or the one she was forced to leave behind.

A sweeping family saga from a beloved and New York Times bestselling author, House of Gold is Natasha Solomons’s most dazzling and moving novel yet.

Natasha Solomons is the New York Times best-selling author of five novels and her work has been translated into seventeen languages. She lives in Dorset with her husband, the award-winning children’s writer David Solomons, and their two children. She also works with David as a screenwriter.

Natasha loves spending time in her garden admiring the roses and looking sadly at the weeds. They have no pets. Although the children are holding out for a rabbit and a baby stegosaurus.

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