An epic historical novel, inspired by the harrowing five-year journey Alison Pick’s own grandparents embarked on during the Second World War.

A compelling saga that takes us deep inside the world of one Jewish family during the lead-up to the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939. As the German forces close in on Czech territory, the Bauers’ world starts to crumble. Pavel and Anneliese, the parents of six-year-old Pepik, are forced to make a heart-wrenching decision: should they send their only child away on the Kindertransport?

The Man Booker Prize 2011
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Alison Pick

Alison Pick

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Alison Pick’s novel about Czechoslovakian Jews during the Nazi occupation was informed by her family history: her father came from a family of Czech Jews but was raised a Christian.
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