Picador to publish THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE on 5 July

Picador to publish THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE on 5 July 2016

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (July 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250065062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250065063
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds

German federal government supports The House By The Lake

On the day that it was announced that the UK was leaving the EU, the German federal government declared that they will be contributing 240,000 euros towards the renovation of the lake house, which will help transform it into a centre for reconciliation and education. 

So at a time that the UK is pulling away from the EU, the German government is helping to bring europeans together. 

Click here for more details

Bookshop tour 2016

It was my great pleasure to spend a day touring some of London's best booksellers, accompanied by the extraordinary Tom Avery, senior editor at William Heinemann publishers. Here are a few of the tweets from the day.


Off to Printer...

THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE is being printed today (today!) in Clays, the giant printing works in Bungay. Can't wait to see a copy ....


The House By The Lake almost ready to be sent to printer. Just a couple of weeks away now. Index done (check), Maps done (check), Illustrations done - yes there are hand-drawn illustrations! (check)... oh yes, and text done (check!). 

It's all very exciting!


Conville & Walsh literary agency are delighted to announce that Thomas Harding has won the prestigious JQ-Wingate Literary Prize for his book Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz.In a rare departure from the norm, Thomas shares this year’s prize with Michel Laub who also won with his novel Diary of the Fall. The winners were announced last night at the winner’s event at the Jewish Community Centre London JW3 where both authors received a £2,000 split prize.

Harding, on accepting his award, said “Over the course of the six years of writing Hanns and Rudolf there were many moments in which I believed that the book would never be published. To be recognised by the judges of the Wingate Prize is that much more extraordinary. It is humbling.” Harding’s tale is a story of 2 opposing but parallel lives: his great uncle Hanns, a German Jewish Nazi hunter, and Rudolf Höss, commandant of Auschwitz.

Hanns and Rudolf reveals the untold story of Hanns Alexander, the man who brought a mastermind of the final solution to justice – it reveals, for the very first time, the full, riveting account of Rudolf Höss’s capture, an encounter with repercussions that echo to this day. Moving from the Middle Eastern campaigns of the First World War to bohemian Berlin in the 1920s to the horror of the concentration camps and the trials in Belsen and Nuremberg, it tells the story of two German men- one Jewish, one Catholic- whose lives diverged, and intersected, in an astonishing way.

The JQ-Wingate Literary Prize was established in 1977. The prize of £4000 is awarded annually to the best book to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader.

It is the only award in the UK to recognise writing by Jewish and non-Jewish writers that explore themes of Jewish concern in any of its myriad possible forms.

Hanns and Rudolf posters up on London Underground

Penguin Random House has launched a publicity campaign for Hanns And Rudolf this week.

Across theLondon Underground posters of the books have been pasted to walls. I think they look amazing, don't you?

The book is also available now in Tescos and WH Smith. 

Anna Abraham and Cäcilie Bing - Both Remembered

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70 years ago today, Anna Abraham was murdered in Auschwitz having been deported from the Theresienstadt concentration camp.

72 years ago, Cäcilie Bing, was deported from Theresienstadt to Treblinka. 

Anna had a weekend house in Groß Glienicke. You can read about her story here.

Cäcilie Bing

Cäcilie Bing

Cäcilie Bing was Henny Alexander's aunt, she would have visited the Alexander's house in Groß Glienicke. You can read about the Alexander story here. 

Both are remembered. 





Hanns and Rudolf is #7 Bestseller

Hanns and Rudolf was the #7 in bestseller in the UK category: general paperback non-fiction.

This will be announced on the  Sunday Times on 18 May 2014. 

Hanns and Rudolf was released as a paperback on 1 May 2014, this is the first full week it has been in the bookshops. 

Hanns and Rudolf was chosen as non-fiction book of the month by the bookseller Waterstones.

Film deal for Hanns and Rudolf



Currently non-fiction Book of the Month for May in Waterstones, HANNS AND RUDOLF, Thomas Harding’s highly acclaimed debut work of history has just been optioned at auction by The Ink Factory. The company’s co-founder Simon Cornwell agreed the deal with film agents Nick Marston and Camilla Young at Curtis Brown, acting on behalf of Patrick Walsh at Conville & Walsh.


Based in London and Los Angeles, The Ink Factory won the film rights in a competitive auction and are in talks with Sir Ronald Harwood, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of THE PIANIST and THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, to translate the book to screen. Sir Ronald Harwood is represented by Judy Daish. 


HANNS AND RUDOLF tells the twin lives from childhood of Rudolf Höss and Hanns Alexander, respectively the Kommandant of Auschwitz and a young Jewish soldier who, after the war, tracked down and arrested Höss where he was hiding on a farm in Northern Germany.


HANNS AND RUDOLF was first published in 2013 in hardback by William Heinemann, and shortlisted for the biography section of the Costa prize. Published by Windmill in paperback on the 1st of May 2014, HANNS AND RUDOLF has sold into ten foreign languages and to Simon & Schuster in the States and to Anansi in Canada.


In the UK the hardback of HANNS AND RUDOLF went to No 5 in the Sunday Times hardback bestseller list, whilst in Italy it went to No 1 and in Israel to No 3. Further translation editions are being published throughout this year.


World-wide the review coverage has been extraordinarily good, ranging from John le Carré’s “A gripping thriller, an unspeakable crime, an essential history” to Ben MacIntyre’s “remarkable….meticulously researched and deeply felt” to James Holland’s “This is a stunning book….both chilling and deeply disturbing” to Max Hastings’s “Thomas Harding… has uncovered a remarkable story… This is a remarkable book, which deserves a wide readership” and Cynthia Ozick’s “In this electrifying account Thomas Harding commemorates (and for the tired revivifies) a ringing biblical injunction: Justice, justice, shalt thou pursue”.


The Ink Factory, which enjoys a unique relationship with celebrated novelist, John le Carré, is currently in production on OUR KIND OF TRAITOR, a major new film adaptation of the author’s work. This year will see the release of the company’s first production, A MOST WANTED MAN starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, with a number of film and television projects from various writers in advanced development.


For further details please contact:


Simon Cornwell and Rhodri Thomas at The Ink Factory at info@inkfactoryfilms.com or +44 207 096 1698


Camilla Young and Nick Marston at Curtis Brown at Camilla.young@curtisbrown.co.uk or nick.marston@curtisbrown.co.uk or + 44 207 393 4400


Tom Avery and Sophie Mitchell at William Heinemann/Random House at Tavery@randomhouse.co.uk or + 44 207 393 4200


Patrick Walsh at Conville & Walsh Ltd at patrick@convilleandwalsh.com or + 44 207 393 4200


To see press coverage of the announcement here