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