The English German Girl

By Jake Wallis Simons

Format: Multiple Formats

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.

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Birlinn Limited

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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.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 20 May 2011
SKU 9781846972089-grouped
Number of Pages 342

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'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 'A powerful evocation of a bygone era' - Sir Martin Gilbert

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