The horrors of WWII, what led to them and their aftermath, are at the heart of these outstanding novels by German writer Julia Franck (The Blind Side of the Heart), Norman Lebrecht, (The Game of Opposites), and Booker shortlisted Simon Mawer, (The Glass Room). All examine the possibility of forgiveness, the shifting boundaries between good and evil and the enduring legacies of the past.
Born in East Berlin, author and free-lance journalist, Julia Franck won The German Prize for her superb novel, The Blind Side of the Heart – spanning both World Wars – and translated into over thirty languages. A gripping read, the heart of the novel is drawn from Julia Franck’s own family history and it will be fascinating to hear about how she blends her own particular web of reality and imagination.
Norman Lebrecht writes on music and cultural affairs. He is currently Assistant Editor and columnist for the Evening Standard and presents BBC Radio 3's lebrecht.live. He is the author of several essential books on music and the award-winning Song of Names. His latest novel is The Game of Opposites.
Simon Mawer is the author of eight novels and two non fiction books. His latest novel, The Glass Room, was on the Man Booker shortlist. The next one, provisionally entitled Trapeze, is underway...
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