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A Boy in Winter Hardcover – 30 May 2017


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; 1 edition (30 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844089967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844089963
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
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Seiffert's prose is not showy, but graceful and precise. The misery of the dank streets is relieved by flashes of light and humanity (The Economist)

A fine novel that locates small, flickering lights of hope in an otherwise desolate landscape (Nick Rennison Sunday Times)

Seiffert's cool tone never wavers - her spare, beautiful prose is a joy to read (Helen Dunmore Guardian)

Rachel Seiffert writes short, fast narratives about the big historical events that have shaped our time . . . The primal energy in this novel is a moral sore that will never heal. How could Seiffert's beloved Opa (grandad) not know what was going on? How, knowing, could he and her Oma not resist? Yet had they resisted, Seiffert would not be here, in 2017, to write for us. One closes this fine novel sensing the confused pain it must have caused Rachel Seiffert to write it (John Sutherland The Times)

Rachel Seiffert's new novel A Boy in Winter stretches over only three days, through which you encounter all the emotions of the time, horror and instinct for survival, family loyalty, and above all perhaps, bravery (James Naughtie BBC World TV)

Without wasting a word, Seiffert follows their journey with an implacable calm, although outrage lurks under the surface of every word (Literary Review)

Completely captures those times in a vivid, precise, captivating and terrible way (Philippe Sands)

Spare, elegant and devastating (Psychologies)

Rachel Seiffert writes short, fast narratives about historical events that have shaped our time. This latest, unsettling work centres on a small Ukrainian town, weeks after the German invasion in 1941 as the SS round up and murder the Jewish inhabitants. We follow runaway children, a German engineer with doubts about the Nazis, and a young Ukrainian who has to decide whether to collaborate. Moral choices and their consequences are brought to life on the page. The ending is particularly moving (The Times)

A spellbinding evocation of fear and threat tinged with the possibility of hope and change, (Philippe Sands, author of East West Street Observer)

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The new novel from Rachel Seiffert, author of the Booker-shortlisted The Dark Room.

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