The Cut Out Girl
Bart van Es
Chair: Rebecca Abrams
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Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2018, and described by Philippe Sands as ‘Luminous, elegant, haunting’, The Cut Out Girl tells the true story of the author’s grandparents, and the young girl they fostered to hide her from the Nazis in occupied Holland. This is a deeply moving story of family, loss and the devastation wrought by war.
Bart van Es was born in the Netherlands. He is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Catherine’s College.Rebecca Abrams
Rebecca Abrams is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction, regular literary critic for The Financial Times, and former columnist for The Daily Telegraph. Her most recent novel, Touching Distance (Picador, 2009), was highly praised by Hilary Mantel, shortlisted for the 2009 McKitterick Prize for Literature, and won the MJA Open Book Award for Fiction. She is a tutor on the Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford and Writer-in-Residence at Brasenose College, Oxford. Rebecca’s great grandparents came to England as Jewish immigrants from Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Romania.