Welcome to the official website of Author Patricia Furstenberg, writer of contemporary books and novels where history meets fiction and a dog: page turner Silent Heroes, bestseller Joyful Trouble, as well as of beloved children’s literature The Cheetah and the Dog, of poetry and haiku – Jock of the Bushveld, Christmas Haiku.

Discover your next favorite books that blend history with fiction and a dog or two, here.

My book Silent Heroes, When Love and Values are Worth Fighting for was chosen as one of 5 Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime:

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5 books everyone should read in their lifetime, Jodi Picoult, Ken Follett, Patricia Furstenberg, Victor Hugo, Shantaram

I have always been drawn to discovering more about the people and the dogs who featured in historical and contemporary events. Why they chose to fight that war; what was it that they sacrificed, silently. What was the lay of the land that they walked upon, the color of the sky or the scent carried by the wind… It is such stories that I find they still resonate today. Discovering these secrets, writing these books, thrills me. Thus, my passion for historical and contemporary fiction books and historical events was born.

As an armchair historian I love researching such tales, traveling (researching my next book we visited medieval Sighisoara), exploring hidden corners and unearthing new facts, forgotten characters, or hidden clues. I love to give them a voice and to bring them into the light in my tales. Be it people, animals or the land and its architecture, no details is to small, no voice is too soft. What was once an overlooked now brings history alive in my historical or contemporary fiction books.

Facts belong in the history books, but the passion, the thrill and the fantasy, those are the realm of the novels. Welcome to my writing world.


Silent Heroes - Patricia Furstenberg. historical contemporary fiction books, books history fiction dog

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A book the dogs, the soldiers and the civilians caught in the War in Afghanistan.

You might be interested in the following articles on my blog:
Read the opening pages of Silent Heroes
Amazing location depicted in Silent Heroes
Symbolism depicted in Silent Heroes and its meaning

Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg - books history fiction dog

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A book set during World War II. An unbelievable and humorous true story about an incredible dog and how he found his true, yet unexpected calling during World War Two.

Joyful Trouble, Based on the True Story of a Dog Enlisted in the Royal Navy:
UK Amazon Bestseller in African Historical Fiction
UK Amazon Bestseller in Children’s eBooks, Historical Fiction
UK Amazon Bestseller in Young Adult, Historical Fiction
UK Amazon Most Gifted Paperback, Children’s

You might also be interested in these articles on my blog:
Why dogs were indispensable during warfare
Amazing, true stories of WW1 dogs
British dogs of WW2, amazing, cute & incredible

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You might be interested in these haiku on my blog:
1st Day of Christmas Haiku
Carolers Haiku
Candy Cane Haiku

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As engaging as a tail wag, As Good as Gold is a book for all ages and all dog lovers. No war here, just the happy thrill of laughter.
Caution: hilarious and addictive!

“I thoroughly enjoyed this charming collection of verse” Linda’s Book Bag

Children's books by Patricia Furstenberg celebrating diversity, books history fiction dog
The Lion and the Dog, The Elephant and the Sheep, The Cheetah and the Dog

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poetry books inspired by true historical events

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Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles - Paperback, eBook and Large Print

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Happy Friends, kids bedtime stories

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What readers say about Patricia’s books, where history meets fiction and a dog:

“Silent Heroes is a book that evokes so many emotions, presenting readers with tragedy, trauma, heartache and pain, homesickness, and incredible courage. The pride the men take in fulfilling their duty also shines through. Characters are realistically and skilfully drawn, coming to life as the story unfolds. The ‘heroes’, both human and canine, are endearing and memorable. The author also succeeds in filtering in the historic and religious reasons for the Taliban activity in a country that has been fought over and war-torn for centuries.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the Taliban and the situation in Afghanistan, as well as to anyone who wants a novel with plenty of action and great characters.”

“Although this is a work of fiction there are truths to it that will tug at your heart. For anyone who has not read one of Patricia’s books then I would recommend this one.” (On Silent Heroes)

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