6:00 PM18:00

One Tree with Adrian Wooldridge

Thomas Harding will be in conversation with Adrian Wooldridge (of the Economist)discussing his latest publication ‘Legacy: One Family, a Cup of Tea and the Company that Took on the World’ – the story of Lehmann Gluckstein and his family who, having escaped Eastern Europe, worked tirelessly to establish the largest catering company in the world – J. Lyons

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8:30 PM20:30

Hampstead Literary Festival


Bestselling author and acclaimed journalist, Thomas Harding, discusses his latest book, Blood on the Page, a shocking and revelatory investigation into the 2006 murder of Allan Chappelow on Downshire Hill in Hampstead, described as 'the greatest whodunit of recent years'.

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1:00 PM13:00

Hay Festival


Thomas Harding talks to Philippe Sands


Tuesday 29 May 2018, 1pm Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

A ground-breaking examination of a terrifying murder and its aftermath by the bestselling author of Hanns and Rudolf and The House by the Lake. The trial of the Chinese dissident accused of murdering Allan Chappelow was the first in modern British history to be held ‘in camera’ – closed, carefully controlled, secret. Wang Yam was found guilty but has always protested his innocence. “Meticulous and gripping – a thriller that disturbs for revelations about a singular act of murder, and the national security state which we call home” –Philippe Sands.

Price: £8.00

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6:30 PM18:30

One Tree Books, Petersfield


Blood on the Page – Thomas Harding

Thursday 1st February, 6:30pm

Thomas Harding, best-selling author of Hanns & Rudolf and The House by the Lake, will be in conversation with Adrian Wooldridge, editor and Bagehot columnist for The Economist newspaper, about his latest book. Don’t miss what will undoubtedly be a fascinating evening!

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3:15 AM03:15

Thomas interviewed at Boswell Lit Festival


In 2013, Thomas Harding, the great grandson of a Jewish Berlin doctor, returned to his grandmother’s house on the outskirts of Berlin which she had been forced to leave when the Nazis swept to power. What was once her ‘soul place’ now stood empty and derelict. A concrete footpath cut through the garden, marking where the Berlin Wall had stood for nearly three decades.

In the bestselling House by the Lake, Harding describes his fight to save the house from demolition and how this led to his unearthing the history of the people who had lived there: a nobleman farmer, a prosperous Jewish family, a renowned Nazi composer, a widow and her children and a Stasi informant. Discovering stories of domestic joy and contentment, of grief and tragedy, and of a hatred handed down through the generations, he tells the story of twentieth century Germany through the prism of the house by the lake.


  • Saturday, 13 May 2017
  • 3.15pm
  • £8, £6 (c)
  • To book your tickets, contact the Box Office Hotline on 01563 554 900 (Palace Theatre Kilmarnock, Monday - Saturday, 10.00am - 5.00pm), or click the 'Buy Tickets' button below to purchase online.

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10:30 PM22:30

Talking at Edinburgh Book Festival


20th century German history involves tragedy on an incomprehensible scale. It’s hardly surprising, then, that writers continue to shed light on lesser-known facets of the country’s recent past. Journalist and broadcaster Thomas Harding explores an extraordinary personal connection in The House by the Lake – the gripping story of a small house and its inhabitants, who ranged from a prosperous Jewish family to a Stasi informant. Chaired by Allan Little.

 Studio Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

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6:30 PM18:30

Canterbury Waterstones - The House by the Lake

Author of last year's best-selling Hanns and Rudolf, Thomas Harding will join us to talk about The House by the Lake, possibly the most interesting non-fiction book of this year.  

A ground-breaking work of history, The House by the Lake reveals the story of Germany through the inhabitants of one small wooden building. Moving from the late nineteenth century to the present day, from the devastation of two world wars to the dividing and re-uniting of a nation, it is a story of domestic joy and contentment, of terrible grief and tragedy, and of a hatred handed down through generations.  

Tickets will sell out quickly for this event, so please call into the shop or phone us on 01227 456343 to reserve your place.

Further details: 01227 456343 or go to the event webpage


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8:15 PM20:15

Uxbridge Library - THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE

Following his successful talk 'Hanns and Rudolf' for Holocaust Memorial Day, Thomas Harding returns to Uxbridge Library to talk about his latest book 'The House by the Lake'. Thomas tells the story of a lakeside house once owned by his Jewish forebears and also explores the lives of others who had lived there throughout the 20th century including a wealthy landowner, a renowned composer, a widower and her children, and a Stasi informant.

Thomas Harding is an author and journalist who has written for the Financial Times, Sunday Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, among other publications. He co-founded a television station in Oxford, England, and for many years was an award-winning publisher of a newspaper in West Virginia. He lives in Hampshire, England.

Copies of the book will be available to buy.

Free. Book at any Hillingdon Library or email and by telephone on 01895 250714.

Location: Uxbridge Library, High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1HD

The talk will be part of a festival called Culturebite which is taking place accross the borough.

Suitable for age 12+

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4:30 PM16:30

Cheltenham Literary Festival - panel discussion on modern German identity

Writers Room on Montpellier Gardens 

Germany: Trauma and Memory

How have different generations processed memories of Germany’s darkest hour? What does it mean to be a young German today? Festival Guest Director Alexander Görlach, Hanns and Rudolf author Thomas Harding (The House by the Lake), writer Ulrike Draesner (At the Edge of the World) and leading scholar Nicholas Stargardt (The German War) talk to the BBC’s Caroline Wyatt.

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7:00 PM19:00

Waterstones Hampstead - THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE

"The House by the Lake is a groundbreaking and revelatory new history of Germany over a tumultuous century, told through the story of a small wooden house. Breathtaking in scope, intimate in its detail, it is the long-awaited new history title from the author of the bestselling Hanns and Rudolf. Glass of wine included."

Tickets £5/£3

Further details from Waterstones Hampstead: 02077941098 or website


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7:30 PM19:30

2015 Wingate Prize ceremony and Panel Discussoin

Dubbed "The Jewish Booker", the JQ-Wingate Literary Prize comes to JW3.

Where do stories start? How can we make sense of them? Why is memoir so prevalent today? Is there a uniquely Jewish take on the relationship of history to memory? How has literary form evolved to address the key question of how we, as Jews, live with our stories?

Answering questions with more questions, this year's judging panel of the JQ-Wingate Prize 2015 – Gabriel JosipoviciEva HoffmanGeorge Szirtes and Devorah Baum – invite you to celebrate the prize with an epochal discussion about stories, books and life. The winners will be announced and everyone will be offered a glass of wine to toast the winning titles.


  • Jews in Poland and Russia by Antony Polonsky (Littman Library)
  • Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall (Peirene), Translated by Philip Boehm
  • Remains of Love by Zeruya Shalev (Bloomsbury), Translated by Philip Simpson
  • Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub (Harvill), Translated by Margaret Jull Costa
  • Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart (Penguin)
  • Netanya by Dror Burstein (Dalkey Archive), Translated by Todd Hasak-Lowy
  • Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz by Thomas Harding (Heinemann)

In association with the Jewish Quarterly and Jewish Book Week

Tickets: £4.00 to £8.00*

Mon 20 April 7:30pm

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7:00 PM19:00

British Embassy, Luxembourg

Thomas will talk about HANNS AND RUDOLF with Paul Dostert, Director of Centre de Documentation et de Recherche sur la Résistance,  at 7pm on 9 July at the British Embassy in Luxembourg. The event is being organised in association with  Francois Moyse of the Luxembourg Consistoire Israelite.

For more details contact: Petra Kiefer | Political, Press & Public Affairs | British Embassy | 5, bd Joseph II | L-1840 Luxembourg  |  E-mail: | Tel: (+352) 229864 extension 222

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