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The Undertaking - Audrey Magee

The Undertaking - Audrey Magee

Title: The Undertaking

Author:  Audrey Magee

ISBN:  9781782391029

Weight:  680 g

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The Undertaking by Audrey Magee

Desperate to escape the Eastern front, Peter Faber, an ordinary German soldier, marries Katharina Spinell, a woman he has never met; it is a marriage of convenience that promises ‘honeymoon’ leave for him and a pension for her should he die on the front.  With ten days’ leave secured, Peter visits his new wife in Berlin; both are surprised by the attraction that develops between them.

When Peter returns to the horror of the front, it is only the dream of Katharina that sustains him as he approaches Stalingrad.  Back in Berlin, Katharina, goaded on by her desperate and delusional parents, ruthlessly works her way into the Nazi party hierarchy, wedding herself, her young husband and their unborn child to the regime.  But when the tide of war turns and Berlin falls, Peter and Katharina, ordinary people stained with their small share of an extraordinary guilt, find their simple dream of family increasingly hard to hold on to…

Peer & Press Reviews

A violent, elegant, unsentimental journey through hell and halfway back.  This is an outstanding novel by a writer of huge talent and unusual candour.

Chris Cleave, author and Chair of Judges for the 2014 Desmond Elliott Prize

The Undertaking is written with sympathy and skill.  The narrative is tense and engaging, filled with complex undertones, impelled by an urgency and a deep involvement with the characters.

Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn (winner of 2009 Costa Novel Award)

Audrey Magee is one of the most exciting new talents to arrive on the literary scene.  There is an emotional depth to her writing which elevates her to the top rank of contemporary novelists.  I read her book with awe and gratitude.

Fergal Keane OBE, BBC Foreign Correspondent and writer

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Undertaking
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Book features: Navy blue boards with silver-coloured text on spine, mid-blue endpapers.
Jacket features: First state jacket – not overprinted with the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction logo.
Overall condition: Fine / Very fine – some minor pushing to spine ends
Signed: On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

International Dublin Literary Award 2016 – longlist

Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2015 – longlist

[Baileys] Women's Prize for Fiction 2014 – shortlist

Book Club listing Waterstones Book Club – autumn 2014
Book Stats
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Imprint: Atlantic Books
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9781782391029
ISBN 10: 1782391029
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 287
Size (h x w x d): 217 x 156 x 29mm
Design Credits
Author photo: Patrick Redmond
Jacket photograph: Keystone / Getty Images

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