The English German Girl: A Novel

The English German Girl: A Novel

by Jake Wallis Simons
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The English German Girl: A Novel by Jake Wallis Simons

This powerful, meticulously researched novel is a moving tale of one girl’s struggle against a world in turmoil. In 1930s Berlin, choked by the tightening of Hitler’s fist, the Klein family is gradually losing everything that is precious to them. Their fifteen-year-old daughter, Rosa, slips out of Germany on a Kindertransport train to begin a new life in England. Charged with the task of securing a safe passage for her family, she vows that she will not rest until they are safe. But as war breaks out and she loses contact with her parents, Rosa finds herself wondering if there are some vows that can’t be kept.

A sweeping tale of love and loss, with the poignant story of the Kindertransport at its heart, this is an exceptional accomplishment from one of Britain’s bravest and most-vibrant young writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628734645
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 84,307
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jake Wallis Simons is a staff writer for the Sunday Telegraph, radio broadcaster, artist, and award-winning novelist. He has a PhD in creative writing, and his writing has been featured in the Times, Guardian, and Independent. He lives with his family in Winchester, the United Kingdom.

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The English German Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Took me forever to read this was just too much to digest at times. The horrors described were so subtly presented you didn't even realize what you were reading right away. I couldn't imagine living during that time, being separated from family and everything familiar, but the author so uniquely told that story. Very surprised at the ending, too...highly recommended. If you take a chance on it, you might find it a little slow in the beginning and the style is very different, but keep reading...this is so much worth the effort!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells the story of one girl's journey of survival during WWII. Sent to England with the hope of her family's fate on her shoulders. Her story is emotional. The ending is wonderful. I definitely recommend this book to older teens and adults.
avidreaderctb More than 1 year ago
A German Jewish family has to choose one of their three childen to be evacuated to England just before WW11 in order to try to get work permits and visas for the rest of the family to leave Germany as they can see what is coming. How would you choose which one to leave? None of them speak any English. Can you imagine being a child sent away from a loving home with ths responsibility to "save" the rest of your family. Very well written and I'd definitely read something else written by Jake Wallis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not being Jewish, I find it an important part of history to know about this time so crucial to the Jewish race, how they survived, especially the lowest number who lived through the war, the children, and this was a revealing unfolding of that time. Well done!
Connie-Anna More than 1 year ago
The English German Girl takes you into a world of a family trying to survive against terrible odds - where the world has turned against them and they have no place to hide. It is a father who insists he will not be turned against; a mother who follows his lead while her heart wants to protect her children; a brother who seeks to find his own way; a young sister and her untimely future; and the German Girl who finds safety yet is driven by the desire to save her family even as she struggles to make a new life for herself. The novel is well written and the characters draw you into their world. I look forward to reading other novels by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author managed to take an ugly period of history and tell it with lyric prose. The characters all became very real, and will remain so in the future as this is not a tale to be forgotten. Beyond the brutal facts, there are the choices each character had to make, each with permanent consequences. At the conclusion of this fine novel, Rosa makes a choice regarding Julian which I would hope she would reverse with time. Yet throughout the story, I wondered what choices I would have made. I highly recommend this book, and I hope to read more by the author.
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With all of the terror of narrative gives the reader an opportunity to breathe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lest we never forget .
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Great read.
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A compelling story about the plight of germanys jews especially the children prior to and during ww2