Posted on 20th September 2011

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Whitehaven Record Office group reads The English German Girl

Their survival, the continuation of their good works, along with Rosa’s, is the story that must be told, and Simons achieves this with defiance and with grace.

Posted on 19th May 2011

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The English German Girl

‘As the net closes in on the Jews of Berlin, a family places their hopes for survival in their teenage daughter, sending her from Germany to England. As she fights to make herself understood in a strange land, can she save them in time?’ Fiction Uncovered Judges 2011 Synopsis: A novel in three parts, spanning…

Posted on 18th May 2011

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The English German Girl

Holocaust novels, though ‘notoriously tricky’ to write (as author Jake Wallis Simons notes), are not a new phenomenon. Nor are novels about coming of age, or even novels about cultural adaptation; but again, ones that do the genre justice are ‘notoriously tricky’ to get right. To write a compelling novel about all three requires the…