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The Child On Platform One: Inspired by the children who escaped the Holocaust

Gill Thompson

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Second World War fiction, Historical fiction

Inspired by the extraordinary true events of the Kindertransport, which rescued Jewish children from Nazi Germany, a heartrending novel about two mothers and the little girl whose life they save.

'An outstanding book made more poignant as it's threaded with events that actually happened. The characters and their moving stories will haunt you long after you finish the last page' Shirley Dickson, author of THE ORPHAN SISTERS

'OH MY HEART! Moved me DEEP FROM WITHIN. I cannot recommend it enough' The Writing Garnet

'I was RIVETED... I LOVED the book *****' I'm Hooked on Books

Inspired by the real-life escape of thousands of Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Europe on the Kindertransport trains to London, the new novel from the author of TH OCEANS BETWEEN US Gill Thompson. For readers of THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ Heather Morris, MY NAME IS EVA by Suzanne Goldring and A VIEW ACROSS THE ROOFTOPS by Suzanne Kelman.

Prague 1939. Young mother Eva has a secret from her past. When the Nazis invade, Eva knows the only way to keep her daughter Miriam safe is to send her away - even if it means never seeing her again. But when Eva is taken to a concentration camp, her secret is at risk of being exposed.

In London, Pamela volunteers to help find places for the Jewish children arrived from Europe. Befriending one unclaimed little girl, Pamela brings her home. It is only when her young son enlists in the RAF that Pamela realises how easily her own world could come crashing down.

Some of the 5* reader reviews for THE CHILD ON PLATFORM ONE:

'Such a gorgeous book. I loved and believed in all the characters, and thoroughly enjoyed their stories. Incredibly researched, it felt authentic. And the ending moved me to tears *****'

'OMG What an incredible read. It was so emotional about a Jewish girl. I was engrossed from start to finish and would highly recommend this book *****'

'This book was incredible... The story is realistic and believable. Once you start reading you will not want to stop *****'

'An emotional, haunting book filled with secrets throughout. Excellent *****'

'I loved the book and the way it was written. I will be reading more novels by Gill Thompson in the future as her interweaving of events with fictional characters is remarkable *****'

'This was a great book! There are secrets you will not see coming, but it makes it more heartwarming *****'

'It's not your normal evacuee story as it's intertwined with other stories which I really enjoyed. It had me gripped. I will be looking out for more books by this author *****'

'This is a very good book. I recommend you read *****'

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Gill Thompson

Gill Thompson is an English lecturer who completed an MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University. Her novels THE OCEANS BETWEEN US and THE CHILD ON PLATFORM ONE were both digital bestsellers and have been highly acclaimed. She lives with her family in West Sussex and teaches English to college students.

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