Of Loss and Hope

Alison Pick, Jake Wallis Simons, Claire Armitstead

26/02/2012 4:45 pm

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. This was a conversation with two of the hottest new names on the literary scene for about loss, hope and legacy

Alison Pick

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.

Jake Wallis Simons

Jake Wallis Simons is a Telegraph features and comment writer. His fourth novel, Jam, which is set in a traffic jam on the M25, is coming out in March 2014. He also broadcasts for BBC Radio 4. jakewallissimons.com; @JakeWSimons.

Claire Armitstead