Description - The House by the Lake: The Story of a Home and a Hundred Years of History by Thomas Harding

A beautiful picture-book adaptation of Thomas Harding's Costa-shortlisted biography for adults, exquisitely illustrated by Britta Teckentrup.

On the outskirts of Berlin, a wooden cottage stands on the shore of a lake. Over the course of a century, this little house played host to a loving Jewish family, a renowned Nazi composer, wartime refugees and a Stasi informant; in that time, a world war came and went, and the Berlin Wall was built a stone's throw from the cottage's back door.

Thomas Harding first shared this remarkable story in his Costa-shortlisted biography The House by the Lake - now he has rendered it into a deeply moving picture-book for young readers. With words that read like a haunting fairy-tale, and magnificent artwork by Britta Teckentrup, this is the astonishing true story of the house by the lake.


A Radio 4 Book of the Week

Named a Best Book of the Year by:
The Times >> New Statesman >> Daily Express >> Commonweal magazine

Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2015

Longlisted for the Orwell Prize 2016

Over 50 five-star reviews on Amazon

"A passionate memoir." - Neil MacGregor

"A superb portrait of twentieth century Germany seen through the prism of a house which was lived in, and lost, by five different families. A remarkable book." - Tom Holland

"A book that will stay with me for a very long time." - Rachel Joyce

"A superb work of social history." - The Sunday Times

"Diamond brilliant ... an extraordinary book." - Sunday Express

"A deft history of a cabin containing many secrets." - Independent

"A fascinating window on a tumultuous period" - Financial Times

"Original, personal, moving and uplifting" - Literary Review

"This is a history that is often poignant, sometimes heartening, and never other than intimate." - Spectator

"An extraordinary book.... Harding has extracted the past from the dust that collects between floorboards and from layers of peeling wallpaper." - Washington Post


"I was riveted: this is a fascinating social history." - Nigella Lawson

"Written with love and imagination ... a masterclass in historical empathy." - TLS

"Nobody quite stirs the soup of historical detail like Harding." - Express

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