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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)
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Earlier Event: August 20
Talking at Edinburgh Book Festival
Later Event: January 31
Keats Library, London