The English German Girl

Jake Wallis Simons

15 year old Rosa escapes the Nazi Germany and travels alone to England in the hope of securing a chance for her family to join her. An engrossing and powerful tale of loyalty and identity.
Date Published :
July 2011
Publisher :
Birlinn
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781846972089
Pages : 342
Dimensions : 7.8 X 5.1 inches
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$14.95

Overview
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This powerful, meticulously researched novel is a moving tale of one girl's struggle against a world in turmoil. In 1930s Berlin, choked by the tightening of Hitler's fist, the Klein family are gradually losing everything that is precious to them. Their fifteen-year-old daughter, Rosa, slips out of Germany on a Kindertransport train to begin a new life in England. Charged with the task of securing a safe passage for her family, she vows that she will not rest until they are safe. But as war breaks out and she loses contact with her parents, Rosa finds herself wondering if there are some vows that can't be kept ...A sweeping tale of love and loss, with the poignant story of the Kindertransport at its heart, this is an exceptional accomplishment from one of Britain's bravest and most vibrant young writers.

About The Author
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Jake Wallis Simons is a novelist, journalist and graphic artist. His acclaimed first novel, The Exiled Times of a Tibetan Jew, was named by the Independent on Sunday as a Book of the Year. Jake writes features for the Times, the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday, the Telegraph, La Repubblica and other publications, and his work has been featured in The Week magazine. He is a contributor to BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent. Born in London in 1978, Jake was awarded a first-class degree in English from St Peter's College, Oxford, before undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Jake is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, and Practitioner-in-Residence at Bournemouth University. He lives with his family in Winchester.

REVIEWS
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A powerful evocation of a bygone era

- Sir Martin Gilbert

Here is a new young voice in British fiction - entertaining, provocative and original. Jake Wallis Simons will surely prove a name to remember

- Beryl Bainbridge, The Independent

Fascinating and moving

- Monica Ali

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