Like Ella and Mina, Susanne Bohne comes from the Ruhrpott area, Germany’s western industrial heartland. She studied German and worked as a designer before beginning a career as a writer and illustrator of children’s books. She sees humour as a good survival strategy and believes that the little things in life are often more important than they seem. It’s one of the central themes in The Crooked House.
THE CROOKED HOUSE
If Ella was a house, she’d be one with a crooked roof. That’s according to Mina, in whose allotment garden Ella spent most of her childhood. When Ella found a dead man in a deckchair as a little girl, it broke something inside her. Adult Ella works as a psychologist but because you can’t treat yourself with therapy, she’s still a bit weird.
And often lonely. Herr Oebing is grappling with depression and wears Cookie Monster t-shirts to his therapy sessions with Ella. He’s at least as strange as she is. Maybe that’s why he’s so well suited to her…