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The Cut Out Girl
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The Cut Out Girl
A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found
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*** WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 *** Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Cut Out Girl written and read by Bart van Es. 'A masterpiece of history and memoir' Evening Standard 'Superb. This is a necessary book - painful, harrowing, tragic, but also uplifting' The Times Little Lien wasn't taken from her Jewish parents - she was given away in the hope that she might be saved. Hidden and raised by a foster family in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation, she survived the war only to find that her real parents had not. Much later, she fell out with her foster family, and Bart van Es - the grandson of Lien's foster parents - knew he needed to find out why. His account of tracing Lien and telling her story is a searing exploration of two lives and two families. It is a story about love and misunderstanding and about the ways that our most painful experiences - so crucial in defining us - can also be redefined. 'Luminous, elegant, haunting - I read it straight through' Philippe Sands, author of East West Street 'Deeply moving. Writes with an almost Sebaldian simplicity and understatement' Guardian SHORTLISTED FOR THE SLIGHTLY FOXED BEST BIOGRAPHY PRIZE 2018 'Remarkable, deeply moving' Penelope Lively
*** WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 *** Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Cut Out Girl written and read by Bart van Es. 'A masterpiece of history and memoir' Evening Standard 'Superb. This is a necessary book - painful, harrowing, tragic, but also uplifting' The Times Little Lien wasn't taken from her Jewish parents - she was given away in the hope that she might be saved. Hidden and raised by a foster family in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation, she survived the war only to find that her real parents had not. Much later, she fell out with her foster family, and Bart van Es - the grandson of Lien's foster parents - knew he needed to find out why. His account of tracing Lien and telling her story is a searing exploration of two lives and two families. It is a story about love and misunderstanding and about the ways that our most painful experiences - so crucial in defining us - can also be redefined. 'Luminous, elegant, haunting - I read it straight through' Philippe Sands, author of East West Street 'Deeply moving. Writes with an almost Sebaldian simplicity and understatement' Guardian SHORTLISTED FOR THE SLIGHTLY FOXED BEST BIOGRAPHY PRIZE 2018 'Remarkable, deeply moving' Penelope Lively
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  • Bart van Es was born in the Netherlands and is bilingual in English and Dutch. He now lives with his family in England. He is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Catherine's College. He has published three books, including, most recently, A Very Short Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies.
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  • The Times Book of the Week Superb. This is a necessary book - painful, harrowing, tragic, but also uplifting
  • Irish Times Powerful . . . extraordinary
  • Daily Express Harrowing . . . profoundly moving
  • Irish Times A moving story of personal and family history, with a scholar's objective eye for the bigger picture.
  • Judges of the Costa Book of the Year Prize 2018 Sensational and gripping . . . shedding light on some of the most urgent issues of our time
  • Publishers Weekly A nuanced, moving, and unusual "hidden child" account
  • Penelope Lively Remarkable - the story of one traumatic childhood, deeply moving, and told with great dexterity, allowing the wisdoms of today to run parallel with the absorbing narrative of wartime events
  • Evening Standard Astonishing. Van Es has created a masterpiece of history and memoir, concluding on a note of reconciliation, hope and great love
  • Sunday Times Deeply moving, this is a remarkable memoir
  • Georgia Hunter, author of We Were the Lucky Ones An awe-inspiring account of the tragedies and triumphs within the world of the Holocaust's "hide-away" children, and of the families who sheltered them
  • Sunday Mirror Brought to life with family photographs and diary entries that add further impact to Lien's harrowing memories and testimony - this deeply affecting and fascinating story is guaranteed to haunt you
  • Philippe Sands, Author of East West Street Luminous, elegant, haunting - I read it straight through
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