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Alison Pick

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Alison Pick won the Canadian 2002 Bronwen Wallace Award for the most promising writer under thirty-five. She has published two collections of poetry and a novel, The Sweet Edge – all critical successes. In Far To Go she draws upon her grandparents’ journey from their native Czechoslovakia to Canada during WWII.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

2012

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Here are two beautifully written and meticulously researched new novels. Alison Pick’s Booker-longlisted novel, Far to Go, is set in the months leading up to Hitler’s invasion of Czechoslovakia where the Bauer family are wrestling with the prospect of sending six year old Pepik on the kindertransport to England. The young traveller in Jake Wallis Simons’ The English German Girl, Rosa, is fifteen. Upon leaving Berlin she is faced with the tremendous burden of securing papers to help the rest of her family escape.

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Video

 
David Grossman speaks with Mark Lawson at a special out-of-festival event.