The House by the Lake: The Story of a Home and a Hundred Years of History

By Thomas Harding

Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

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

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. 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. With words that read like a haunting fairy tale, and magnificent illustrations by Britta Teckentrup, this is the astonishing true story of the house by the lake.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 5+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406385557
  • Published: 03 Sep 2020
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 255 x 280 mm
  • Pages: 48

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'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

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