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Long Shadows

Julia Franck, Norman Lebrecht, Simon Mawer

28/02/2010 2:00 pm
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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.

Julia Franck

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


Norman Lebrecht is the world’s bestselling author on classical music. Aside from the history of Western music, he has a lifelong passion for the culture and chronicles of the Jewish people.

Simon Mawer

Simon Mawer is the author of two works of non-fiction and ten novels, one of which was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize. Tightrope is winner of the 2016 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.