The English German Girl (April 2011) is the second novel by the British novelist, journalist and broadcaster Jake Wallis Simons. It is set in the Second World War and revolves around the story of the Kindertransport. It has received widespread critical acclaim.
This powerful, meticulously researched book is a moving tale of one girl’s struggle against a world in turmoil. In 1930s Berlin, choked by the tightening of Hitler’s fist, the Klein family are gradually losing everything that is precious to them. Their fifteen-year-old daughter, Rosa, slips out of Germany on a Kindertransport train to begin a new life in England. Charged with the task of securing a safe passage for her family, she vows that she will not rest until they are safe. But as war breaks out and she loses contact with her parents, Rosa finds herself wondering if there are some vows that can’t be kept.
This is a sweeping tale of love and loss, with the poignant story of the Kindertransport at its heart. An exceptional accomplishment from one of Britain’s bravest and most vibrant young writers.