York Explore Library :
Thu 7 Dec :
6.30pm – 8.00pm :
Tim will be talking about the real life wartime story of amazing heroism that inspired ‘The Nazi’s Daughter’, as well as the murky story of Dutch Nazis who collaborated with the Germans. He will also explain how Audrey Hepburn made it into the novel!
The Netherlands, Spring 1943. When her glittering career as a ballerina is cut short by a dancing injury, Elise Van Thooft-Noman, rebellious daughter of a powerful Dutch Nazi, flees to an isolated island off the coast of Holland. Here she meets Pieter Goedhart, reluctant village schoolmaster and Resistance fighter. A dangerous affair is kindled between them. Meanwhile Elise’s Nazi family and the terrifying brutality of war are closing in, threatening to destroy all she holds dear . . .
New York, September 2008. Uncomfortably overweight, single and scraping thirty, Jenni Malarkey is summoned to a mysterious party to celebrate her estranged grandmother’s glamorous life. Her journey through Elise’s secret history will force her to confront a legacy of guilt and shame . .
Past and present intersect, as unlikely hearts connect to seek love and redemption, in this haunting time-shift novel set in wartime Holland and contemporary New York.
Tim Murgatroyd was brought up in Yorkshire. He read English at Hertford College, Oxford University, and now lives with his family in York. His first novel, ‘Taming Poison Dragons‘ set in 12th Century China, has been described as ‘a captivatingly original and unforgettable story of tragedy and enduring love’. The sequels, ‘Breaking Bamboo‘, and ‘The Mandate of Heaven‘ have now been translated into Chinese by the prestigious Shanghai Literature and Arts publishing house.
Tim’s latest novel, ‘The Nazi’s Daughter’, is a haunting time-shift novel set in World War 2 and contemporary New York.
Tim has also published three e-booklets of poetry in a series called ‘Poems for Mobiles’: ‘Lullaby’, ‘Drunk’ and ‘The Stars are Apples’.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase on the night with complimentary drink, cash only.
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