From the author of The Dark Room, an extraordinary novel: 'A spellbinding evocation of fear and threat tinged with the possibility of hope and change' - Philippe Sands
From the Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Dark Room, an extraordinary new novel: 'A spellbinding evocation of fear and threat tinged with the possibility of hope and change' - Philippe Sands, author of East West Street
Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS. A BOY IN WINTER tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process. And in the midst of it all is the determined boy Yankel who will throw his and his young brother's chances of surviving to strangers.
A BOY IN WINTER is a story of hope when all is lost, and of mercy when the times have none.
'Superb, delicately poised' FT
'Magnificent' Linda Grant'A joy to read ' Helen Dunmore
Seiffert's cool tone never wavers - her spare, beautiful prose is a joy to read - Guardian
Seiffert's writing is spare and atmospheric, perfectly paced to achieve the maximum effect of stillness yielding to panic, order giving way to violent disorder and, eventually, winter turning into spring - Times Literary Supplement
A spellbinding evocation of fear and threat tinged with the possibility of hope and change, - Observer
Rachel Seiffert's first novel, The Dark Room, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was made into the feature film Lore. She was named as one of Granta's twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, and in 2011 she received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Field Study, a collection of short stories, received an award from PEN International. Her second novel Afterwards was long-listed for the 2007 Orange Prize. Her books have been published in eighteen languages. After living in Glasgow for many years, Rachel Seiffert now lives in London with her family.