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Winner of the Bath Novel Award.

Eva finds the letter in the Blue Room. She spent the happier days of her childhood here, in her grandfather's painting studio. After his death, she is responsible for his legacy - a legacy threatened by the letter. It is from the Jewish Museum in Berlin. 

They have found the testimony he gave after surviving the death march across Serbia and Hungary, and they want to exhibit it. But the famous Joseph Silk - who came to England as a refugee - remade himself long ago.

As Eva unravels what happened to him and to the woman he loved, she is confronted by the lies that have haunted her family. They will change her grandfather's identity, but they could also turn the tide of history. Their story is in her hands. 

Kim Sherwood's extraordinary first novel is a powerful statement of intent. Beautifully written, moving and hopeful, it crosses the tidemark where the third generation meets the first, finding a new language to express love, loss and our place within history.

©2018 Kim Sherwood (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic reviews

"What a writer. I was totally captivated. Moving and ultimately uplifting." (Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz)

"I am absorbed by the delicacy, even the beauty, with which she writes of the trauma of history." (Amit Chaudhuri)

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Stunning, upsetting, well researched and utterly brilliant!

I really couldn’t stop listening to this. so moving, and overall well read. But I did find the caricature German accent, zis and zat etc quite annoying.

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