The House by the Lake: The Story of a Home and a Hundred Years of History - Walker Studio (Hardback)
  • The House by the Lake: The Story of a Home and a Hundred Years of History - Walker Studio (Hardback)

The House by the Lake: The Story of a Home and a Hundred Years of History - Walker Studio (Hardback)

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Hardback 48 Pages / Published: 03/09/2020
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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

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781406385557
Number of pages: 48
Weight: 495 g
Dimensions: 262 x 286 x 8 mm

The tome, published on Thursday by Walker Books, introduces themes of prejudice, belonging, identity and family, and features evocative illustrations by award-winning illustrator Britta Teckentrup. * The Jewish Telegraph *
Britta Teckentrup's delicate, ethereal images enhance an atmospheric and ultimately uplifting tale that serves as an allegory for Germany's troubled journey to its present-day state of stability. * The Financial Times *

It made me feel hooked and the stunning illustrations brought it to life. It is set in Berlin, Germany. This fantastic book is truly great for people eager to learn about World War 2 and the Berlin Wall. I definitely would recommend this book because I think that other children will like it too!

Feedback from Mrs Haynes, Class 3 Teacher at Milecastle Primary School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne:
The book this afternoon is absolutely wonderful! The illustrations are beautiful and it fits perfectly with my lessons as this term we are focussing on illustrators and how pictures can help to tell a story.
We read it together as a class and every child wrote a book review. They all gave it 5 stars and from a teacher's perspective I can say that it led to so many brilliant discussions about Germany and WW2.

* Books Up North *
Featured in a travel story about the Alexander Haus in The Telegraph. * The Telegraph *
Featured in an interview with Thomas Harding in The i. * The i *

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