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Description - The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding

In the summer of 1993, Thomas Harding travelled to Germany with his grandmother to visit a small house by a lake on the outskirts of Berlin. It had been her soul place as a child, she said a holiday home for her and her family, but much more a sanctuary, a refuge. In the 1930s, she had been forced to leave the house, fleeing to England as the Nazis swept to power. The trip, she said, was a chance to see it one last time, to remember it as it was. But the house had changed. Nearly twenty years later Thomas returned to the house. It was government property now, derelict, and soon to be demolished. It was his legacy, one that had been loved, abandoned, fought over a house his grandmother had desired until her death. Could it be saved? And should it be saved? He began to make tentative enquiries speaking to neighbours and villagers, visiting archives, unearthing secrets that had lain hidden for decades. Slowly he began to piece together the lives of the five families who had lived there a wealthy landowner, a prosperous Jewish family, a renowned composer, a widower and her children, a Stasi informant. All had made the house their home, and all bar one had been forced

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780434023233
ISBN-10: 043402323X
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 153mm x 35mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: William Heinemann Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 24-Sep-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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This is history writing at it’s finest. Taking a small microcosm to tell the story of a country over the last 100 years. On a trip to Berlin in 2013 author Thomas Harding visited the summer lake house his great-grandfather built. Upon discovering the house in disrepair and scheduled for demolition Harding began researching the history of the house and it’s occupants. Harding traces back the story of the small village and the estate that the house is built in and then tells the story of each occupant.


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Author Biography - Thomas Harding

Thomas 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.

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