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The last time Lien saw her parents was in the Hague, where she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken away to be hidden from the Nazis. She was raised by her foster family as one of their own, but a falling out after the war put an end of to their relationship. What was her side of the story, Bart van Es - a grandson of the couple who looked after Lien - wondered? What really happened during the war, and after? So began an investigation that would consume and transform both Bart's life and Lien's.
This is an astonishing portrait of a young girl's struggle to survive war, and her powerful, tumultuous and painful ties with her foster family.
About the Author
Bart van Es was born in the Netherlands and is bilingual in English and Dutch. He now lives with his family in England. He is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Catherine's College.
Luminous, elegant, haunting - I read it straight through - Philippe Sands, Author of East West Street
Remarkable - the story of one traumatic childhood, deeply moving, and told with great dexterity, allowing the wisdoms of today to run parallel with the absorbing narrative of wartime events - Penelope Lively
An awe-inspiring account of the tragedies and triumphs within the world of the Holocaust's "hide-away" children, and of the families who sheltered them - Georgia Hunter, author of We Were the Lucky Ones
Compassionate and thoughtfully rendered, the book is both a memorable portrait of a remarkable woman and a testament to the healing power of understanding. A complex and uplifting tale - Kirkus
Brought to life with family photographs and diary entries that add further impact to Lien's harrowing memories and testimony - this deeply affecting and fascinating story is guaranteed to haunt you- Sunday Mirror
Fascinating, beautifully written. Van Es carefully salvages Lien's story and creates a deeply moving and complex book about war, atrocity and human suffering - The Oldie
A nuanced, moving, and unusual "hidden child" account - Publishers Weekly
Harrowing and beautiful - Bookseller
ISBN: 9780241978726 ISBN-10: 0241978726 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 288 Published: 14th February 2019 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1