Rachel Seiffert - Author

About the Author

Rachel Seiffert's first novel, The Dark Room, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was made into the feature film Lore. She was named as one of Granta's twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, and in 2011 she received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Field Study, a collection of short stories, received an award from PEN International. Her second novel Afterwards was long-listed for the 2007 Orange Prize. Her books have been published in eighteen languages. After living in Glasgow for many years, Rachel Seiffert now lives in London with her family.

Featured books by Rachel Seiffert

The Walk Home

The Walk Home

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2015

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Stevie comes from a long line of people who have cut and run. Just like he has. Stevie's been to London, taught himself to get by, and now he's working as a labourer not so far from his childhood home in Glasgow. But he's not told his family - what's left of them - that he's back. Not yet. He's also not far from his Uncle Eric's house: another one who left - for love this time. Stevie's toughened himself up against that emotion. And as for his own mother, Lindsey ...well, she ran her whole life. From her father and Ireland, from her husband, and eventually from Stevie too. This is a powerful novel about the risk of love, and the madness and betrayals that can split a family. If you cut your ties, will you cut yourself adrift? Rachel Seiffert is an extraordinarily deft and humane writer who tells us the truth about love and about hope.

The Walk Home

The Walk Home

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2014

Stevie comes from a long line of people who have cut and run. Just like he has. Stevie's been to London, taught himself to get by, and now he's working as a labourer not so far from his childhood home in Glasgow ...But he's not told his family - what's left of them - that he's back. Not yet. He's also not far from his Uncle Eric's house: another one who left - for love this time. Stevie's toughened himself up against that emotion. And as for his own mother, Lindsey ...well, she ran her whole life. From her father and Ireland, from her husband, and eventually from Stevie too. This is a powerful novel about the risk of love, and the madness and betrayals that can split a family. If you cut your ties, will you cut yourself adrift?

Other books by Rachel Seiffert

A Boy in Winter

A Boy in Winter

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2018

From the Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Dark Room, an extraordinary new novel: `A spellbinding evocation of fear and threat tinged with the possibility of hope and change' - Philippe Sands, author of East West Street Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS. A Boy In Winter tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process. And in the midst of it all is the determined boy Yankel who will throw his and his young brother's chances of surviving to strangers. A Boy In Winter is a story of hope when all is lost, and of mercy when the times have none. 'Superb, delicately poised' FT 'Magnificent' Linda Grant 'A joy to read ' Helen Dunmore

Boy in Winter

Boy in Winter

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS. This new novel from the award-winning author of the Booker Prize short-listed The Dark Room tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process.Penned in with his fellow Jews, under threat of deportation, Ephraim anxiously awaits word of his two sons, missing since daybreak.Come in search of her lover, to fetch him home again, away from the invaders, Yasia must confront new and harsh truths about those closest to her.Here to avoid a war he considers criminal, German engineer Otto Pohl is faced with an even greater crime unfolding behind the lines, and no one but himself to turn to.And in the midst of it all is Yankel, a boy determined to survive this. But to do so, he must throw in his lot with strangers.As their stories mesh, each of Rachel Seiffert's characters comes to know the compromises demanded by survival, the oppressive power of fear, and the possibility of courage in the face of terror. Rich with a rare compassion and emotional depth, A Boy in Winter is a story of hope when all is lost and of mercy when the times have none.

A Boy in Winter

A Boy in Winter

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS. Deft, spare and devastating, Rachel Seiffert's new novel tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process. Penned in with his fellow Jews, under threat of transportation, Ephraim anxiously awaits word of his two sons, missing since daybreak. Come in search of her lover, to fetch him home again, away from the invaders, Yasia must confront new and harsh truths about those closest to her. Here to avoid a war he considers criminal, German engineer Otto Pohl is faced with an even greater crime unfolding behind the lines, and no-one but himself to turn to. And in the midst of it all is the determined boy Yankel who will throw his and his young brother's chances of surviving to strangers. A Boy In Winter is a story of hope when all is lost, and of mercy when the times have none.

A Boy in Winter

A Boy in Winter

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2017

From the Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Dark Room, an extraordinary new novel: `A spellbinding evocation of fear and threat tinged with the possibility of hope and change' - Philippe Sands, author of East West Street Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS. A Boy In Winter tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process. And in the midst of it all is the determined boy Yankel who will throw his and his young brother's chances of surviving to strangers. A Boy In Winter is a story of hope when all is lost, and of mercy when the times have none. 'Superb, delicately poised' FT 'Magnificent' Linda Grant 'A joy to read ' Helen Dunmore

The Walk Home

The Walk Home

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2015

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Stevie comes from a long line of people who have cut and run. Just like he has. Stevie's been to London, taught himself to get by, and now he's working as a labourer not so far from his childhood home in Glasgow. But he's not told his family - what's left of them - that he's back. Not yet. He's also not far from his Uncle Eric's house: another one who left - for love this time. Stevie's toughened himself up against that emotion. And as for his own mother, Lindsey ...well, she ran her whole life. From her father and Ireland, from her husband, and eventually from Stevie too. This is a powerful novel about the risk of love, and the madness and betrayals that can split a family. If you cut your ties, will you cut yourself adrift? Rachel Seiffert is an extraordinarily deft and humane writer who tells us the truth about love and about hope.

Blue / Tentsmuir Sands (Storycuts)

Blue / Tentsmuir Sands (Storycuts)

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

In 'Blue', Kenny sets about furnishing and decorating his first flat. However, his giddiness does not last long. Even as his family and friends aid him in the feathering of his nest his worries mount higher and higher, and a young pregnant girl is always on his mind.In 'Tentsmuir Sands', a family outing to the Scottish seaside yields an early lesson in mortality for the youngest member. This honest and delicate tale presents an image of family life that is both sweet and ephemeral.Part of the Storycuts series, these two stories were previously published in the collection Field Study.

Architect / The Crossing (Storycuts)

Architect / The Crossing (Storycuts)

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

In 'Architect', an architect of rare charm and vision encounters an emotional crisis that threatens his career. When the ensuing strain starts to affect his family relationships, he must rethink his priorities.In 'The Crossing', a mother and her four young children fleeing a warzone must rely on the assistance of a strange old man as they attempt a treacherous river crossing. Part of the Storycuts series, these two stories were previously published in the collection Field Study.

Dimitroff (Storycuts)

Dimitroff (Storycuts)

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

When Jochen left his father behind in East Germany he carried his resentment with him. This lingering antipathy intrigues and confuses his American wife, Hannah. When a tentative reconciliation is broached and the family travel to Germany, she embarks upon a pilgrimage with the old man. The two wind up on a snowy corner in East Berlin where a final act of rebellion will be staged.Part of the Storycuts series, this story was previously published in the collection Field Study.

Dog-Leg Lane (Storycuts)

Dog-Leg Lane (Storycuts)

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

A young couple find their attempts to move to a new flat thwarted when their three year-old son rebels against the idea of leaving the only home he has ever known. It is as difficult to will a connection to dissolve as it is to force one into being.Part of the Storycuts series, this story was previously published in the collection Field Study.

Field Study (Storycuts)

Field Study (Storycuts)

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

Martin is a graduate student spending a week undertaking scientific field study in a neighbouring, post-Communist country. He sees a residual bitterness among the town's people about the empty promises of an abandoned ideology. Will he allow this bitterness to flavour his own work?Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Field Study.

Francis John Jones, 1924- (Storycuts)

Francis John Jones, 1924- (Storycuts)

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

A PhD student interviews her friend's grandfather for her thesis. While not quite meeting her eyes, he recounts his wartime history, lingering on an excursion that has never been far from his mind. Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Field Study.

Reach (Storycuts)

Reach (Storycuts)

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

Alice tacitly agrees with Kim's teachers when they hint that her daughter is not an easy child. A single mother of two, the bond with her second-born didn't present itself readily. Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Field Study.

Second Best (Storycuts)

Second Best (Storycuts)

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

A young Polish woman has left her son to work as a temporary farm hand across the German border. The prospect of a few weeks' wages is not her only motivation for crossing the border, though.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Field Study.

Late Spring (Storycuts)

Late Spring (Storycuts)

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

The beekeeper has lived in solitude for some fifty years. One day while waiting for Spring to descend he spies a young boy crossing the valley towards the copse where he keeps his hives. With a dependent forced upon him, the beekeeper must face the outside world and all its bewilderments once again.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Field Study.

Afterwards

Afterwards

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2007

To love someone, need you know everything about them? When Alice and Joseph meet, they fall quickly into a tentative but serious relationship. Both are still young and hopeful of each other, but each brings with them an emotional burden. Alice's family is full of absences and Joseph harbours an unspeakable secret from his time in the army in Northern Ireland. When Alice's widowed grandfather begins to tell Joseph about his RAF experiences in 1950s Kenya, something still raw is tapped in Joseph; his reaction to the older man's unburdening of guilt is both unexpected and devastating for them all.

Field Study

Field Study

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2005

Rachel Seiffert, author of The Dark Room, powerfully evokes our need for human connection in this brilliant and haunting group of stories. From the title piece, in which a young biologist conceals his discoveries at a polluted river from a local woman, to the family aided by an enemy in 'The Crossing', to the old man weighing his regrets in 'Francis John Jones, 1924 -' Seiffert's acclaimed, refined prose movingly captures the lives of her characters in their most essential, secret moments. A Rocky Mountain News Best Book of the Year.

The Dark Room World War 2 Fiction

The Dark Room World War 2 Fiction

Author: Rachel Seiffert Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2002

The Dark Room tells the stories of three ordinary Germans: Helmut, a young photographer in Berlin in the 1930s who uses his craft to express his patriotic fervour; Lore, a twelve-year-old girl who in 1945 guides her young siblings across a devastated Germany after her Nazi parents are seized by the Allies; and, fifty years later, Micha, a young teacher obsessed with what his loving grandfather did in the war, struggling to deal with the past of his family and his country.

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