Bart Van Es - The Cut Out Girl (2nd Hand Paperback)
Costa Book of The Year 2018.
A Sunday Times Paperback of The Year 2019.
The extraordinary true story of a young Jewish girl in Holland during World War II, who hides from the Nazis in the homes of an underground network of foster families, one of them the author's grandparents Bart van Es left Holland for England many years ago . . . . but one story from his Dutch childhood never left him.
Little Lien wasn't taken from her Jewish parents in the Hague - she was given away in the hope that she might be saved. Hidden and raised by a foster family in the provinces during the Nazi occupation, she survived the war only to find that her real parents had not.
Much later, she fell out with her foster family, and Bart van Es - the grandson of Lien's foster parents - knew he needed to find out why.
His account of tracing Lien and telling her story is a searing exploration of two lives and two families. It is a story about love and misunderstanding and about the ways that our most painful experiences - so crucial in defining us - can also be redefined.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback.
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - War & Civil War
- Published : 2019 (Penguin)
- ISBN : 9780241978729
- SKU : B001640
- PPC : LL350gm
- RRP : £9.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
'Astonishing . . . A masterpiece of history and memoir' - Evening Standard.
'Superb. This is a necessary book - painful, harrowing, tragic, but also uplifting' - The Times.
"Deeply moving . . ." - The Guardian.
Bart van Es is a literary critic and writer. He is a professor of English at the University of Oxford, where he is also a senior tutor and fellow of St Catherine's College. Van Es was born in the Netherlands and lived in Norway, Dubai and Indonesia before his family settled in the United Kingdom in 1986.