The English German Girl

A Novel

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About The Book

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 is 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.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (September 1, 2013)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781628734645

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Raves and Reviews

"A quietly unsettling novel which meets the particular demands of its subject with grace and poise." —Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland

“A powerful evocation of a bygone era.” —Sir Martin Gilbert

"An ambitious, courageous book." —Jewish Chronicle

“Simons’ compassion, sincerity and subtle style impress.” —Kirkus Reviews

“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

"This well-researched and very moving novel is dedicated to the children of the Kindertransport and is a fine tribute to their bravery." —The Times

"Absolutely compelling." —Sarah Crown, Guardian

"Deftly describes a crumbling Berlin under Hitler's rule and, intriguingly, the secret societies which helped those in need." —Scottish Review of Books

"A film waiting to happen although so vivid is Jake Wallis Simons's description and attention to detail I feel I've seen it already. If you only read one novel this year make it this one." —Lovereading

"An important subject explored by a writer to watch." —Jonathan Freedland

"A quietly unsettling novel which meets the particular demands of its subject with grace and poise." —Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland

“A powerful evocation of a bygone era.” —Sir Martin Gilbert

"An ambitious, courageous book." —Jewish Chronicle

“Simons’ compassion, sincerity and subtle style impress.” —Kirkus Reviews

“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

"This well-researched and very moving novel is dedicated to the children of the Kindertransport and is a fine tribute to their bravery." —The Times

"Absolutely compelling." —Sarah Crown, Guardian

"Deftly describes a crumbling Berlin under Hitler's rule and, intriguingly, the secret societies which helped those in need." —Scottish Review of Books

"A film waiting to happen although so vivid is Jake Wallis Simons's description and attention to detail I feel I've seen it already. If you only read one novel this year make it this one." —Lovereading

"An important subject explored by a writer to watch." —Jonathan Freedland