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The House by the Lake: The Story of a Home and a Hundred Years of History

SKU: 9781406385557 ISBN: 9781406385557
A beautiful picture-book adaptation of Thomas Harding's Costa-shortlisted biography for adults, exquisitely illustrated by Britta Teckentrup. On the outskirts of Berlin, a wooden cottage stands on the shore of a lake. Over the course of a century, this little house played host to a loving Jewish family, a renowned Nazi composer, wartime refugees and a Stasi informant; in that time, a world war came and went, and the Berlin Wall was built a stone's throw from the cottage's back door. Thomas Harding first shared this remarkable story in his Costa-shortlisted biography The House by the Lake - now he has rendered it into a deeply moving picture-book for young readers. With words that read like a haunting fairy-tale, and magnificent artwork by Britta Teckentrup, this is the astonishing true story of the house by the lake. PRAISE FOR THE ORIGINAL BIOGRAPHY OF THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE: A Radio 4 Book of the WeekNamed a Best Book of the Year by: The Times >> New Statesman >> Daily Express >> Commonweal magazineShortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2015Longlisted for the Orwell Prize 2016Over 50 five-star reviews on Amazon"A passionate memoir." - Neil MacGregor"A superb portrait of twentieth century Germany seen through the prism of a house which was lived in, and lost, by five different families. A remarkable book." - Tom Holland"A book that will stay with me for a very long time." - Rachel Joyce"A superb work of social history." - The Sunday Times "Diamond brilliant ... an extraordinary book." - Sunday Express"A deft history of a cabin containing many secrets." - Independent"A fascinating window on a tumultuous period" - Financial Times"Original, personal, moving and uplifting" - Literary Review"This is a history that is often poignant, sometimes heartening, and never other than intimate." - Spectator"An extraordinary book.... Harding has extracted the past from the dust that collects between floorboards and from layers of peeling wallpaper." - Washington PostSEE ALSO THOMAS HARDING'S NEW BIOGRAPHY, LEGACY:"I was riveted: this is a fascinating social history." - Nigella Lawson"Written with love and imagination ... a masterclass in historical empathy." - TLS"Nobody quite stirs the soup of historical detail like Harding." - Express