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- DescriptionSHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD 2015. A passionate memoir about Germany . (Neil MacGregor). History at its most alive . (A. D. Miller). Superb...a remarkable book . (Tom Holland). A book that will stay with me for a very long time . (Rachel Joyce). In the summer of 1993, Thomas Harding travelled to Berlin with his grandmother to visit a small house by a lake. It was her 'soul place' she said - a sanctuary she had been forced to leave when the Nazis swept to power. The trip was a chance to see the house one last time, to remember it as it was. But the house had changed. Twenty years later Thomas returned to Berlin. The house w stood empty, derelict, and soon to be demolished. A concrete footpath cut through the garden, marking where the Berlin Wall had stood for nearly three decades. Elsewhere were signs of what the house had once been - blue tiles showing behind wallpaper, phographs fallen between floorboards, flagstones covered in dirt. Evidence of five families who had made the house their home over a tumultuous century. The House by the Lake is a groundbreaking work of history, revealing the story of Germany through the inhabitants of one small wooden building: a bleman farmer, a prosperous Jewish family, a rewned Nazi composer, a widow and her children, a Stasi informant. Moving from the late nineteenth century to the present day, from the devastation of two world wars to the dividing and reuniting of a nation, it is a story of domestic joy and contentment, of terrible grief and tragedy, and of a hatred handed down through the generations. Breathtaking in scope, intimate in detail, it is the long-awaited new history from the author of the bestselling Hanns and Rudolf.
- Author BiographyThomas Harding is a journalist who has written for the Sunday Times, Financial Times and the Guardian, among other publications. He co-founded a television station in Oxford, and for many years was an award-winning publisher of a newspaper in West Virginia. He lives in Hampshire, England. He is the author of Kadian Journal and the Sunday Times bestseller Hanns and Rudolf.
- PrizesShortlisted for Costa Biography Award 2015.
- Author(s)Thomas Harding
- Date of Publication24/09/2015
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintWilliam Heinemann Ltd
- Weight710 g
- Width153 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine35 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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