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Tunnel 29: Love, Espionage and Betrayal: the True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall

Helena Merriman

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The Cold War

The true story of the most remarkable escape tunnel under the Berlin Wall, from the creator of the acclaimed BBC podcast.

Acclaim for the TUNNEL 29 podcast:

'Combining the fun of a thriller that we know will end happily with grim perspective on history and tyranny... stunning' New Yorker

'Reminiscent of a savvy Netflix block buster series' Evening Standard


'A truly exciting yarn... creates a sense for the listener of being right there in the tunnel, experiencing the dangers.' Observer

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It's August, 1962, and Joachim Rudolph is digging a tunnel under the Berlin Wall. But he isn't tunnelling out of the East. He's tunnelling in from the West to help dozens of people escape from East Germany.

Inspired by award-winning BBC journalist Helena Merriman's research for her acclaimed BBC podcast, Tunnel 29 is the true story of the most remarkable escape tunnel dug under the Berlin Wall - as told through the voices of the people involved. Hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with surviving participants and thousands of pages of Stasi documents have given Helena Merriman not only fresh information, but also new insights into the escapers and their extraordinary plan.

For the first time she is able reveal the identity of an informant who infiltrated the tunnellers. While husbands, wives and children start to crawl through the wet, cold darkness beneath Berlin's notorious 'Death Strip', the Stasi are mounting an operation to stop the escape going ahead - and kill or capture everyone involved. Helena Merriman brilliantly and chillingly portrays the mounting tension as Joachim Rudolph and his team wait for those terrified escapers - people who are willing to risk everything to gain the freedom the East denies them...

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Praise for Tunnel 29: Love, Espionage and Betrayal: the True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall

  • Acclaim for the BBC podcast series: - -

  • Gripping... as pacey as the best Netflix thriller - Evening Standard

  • Combining the fun of a thriller that we know will end happily with grim perspective on history and tyranny. Merriman's evocation of the night the Berlin Wall went up is particularly stunning - New Yorker

  • Both a Big BBC Podcast and a really great listen - Observer

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