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A Boy in Winter - Rachel Seiffert

A Boy in Winter - Rachel Seiffert

Title: A Boy in Winter

Signed first edition, first printing

Author:  Rachel Seiffert

ISBN:  9781844089963

Weight:  635 g



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A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert

Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS.  This new novel from the award-winning author of the Booker Prize short-listed The Dark Room tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process.

Penned in with his fellow Jews, under threat of deportation, Ephraim anxiously awaits word of his two sons, missing since daybreak.

Come in search of her lover, to fetch him home again, away from the invaders, Yasia must confront new and harsh truths about those closest to her.

Here to avoid a war he considers criminal, German engineer Otto Pohl is faced with an even greater crime unfolding behind the lines, and no one but himself to turn to.

And in the midst of it all is Yankel, a boy determined to survive this.  But to do so, he must throw in his lot with strangers.

As their stories mesh, each of Rachel Seiffert’s characters comes to know the compromises demanded by survival, the oppressive power of fear, and the possibility of courage in the face of terror.

Rich with a rare compassion and emotional depth, A Boy in Winter is a story of hope when all is lost and of mercy when the times have none.

Peer & Press Reviews

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

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.


Completely captures those times in a vivid, precise, captivating and terrible way.

Philippe Sands, author of East West Street

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: A Boy in Winter
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes: Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 – longlist
Book Stats
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint: Virago
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781844089963
ISBN 10: 1844089967
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 237
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 142 x 26mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph: Charlie Hopkinson
Jacket design: Raquel Leis Allion

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