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Far to Go by Alison Pick
  

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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011.

A powerful and profoundly moving story about one family's epic journey to flee the Nazi occupation of their homeland in 1939, and above all to save the life of a six-year-old boy. Inspired by Alison Pick's own grandparents who fled their native Czechoslovakia for Canada during the Second World War, FAR TO GO is a deeply personal and emotionally harrowing novel.

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Far to Go by Alison Pick

Longlisted for the 2011 MAN BOOKER PRIZE for Fiction, FAR TO GO is a powerful and profoundly moving story about one family's epic journey to flee the Nazi occupation of their homeland in 1939. Pavel and Anneliese Bauer are affluent, secular Jews, whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of the German forces in Czechoslovakia. Desperate to avoid deportation, the Bauers flee to Prague with their six-year-old son, Pepik, and his beloved nanny, Marta. When the family try to flee without her to Paris, Marta betrays them to her Nazi boyfriend. But it is through Marta's determination that Pepik secures a place on a Kindertransport, though he never sees his parents or Marta again.

Reviews

'A potential classic in the making'
Financial Times

'Extraordinary'
Daily Mail

'Clean, crisp and unencumbered'
Globe and Mail

'Somewhere between a book and a miracle'
Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Love in the Present Tense

'A nuanced and layered portrait of betrayal ... An intriguing experiment in the art of storytelling'
Montreal Gazette

About the Author

Alison Pick

Alison Pick's grandparents were secular Jews, living in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi invasion. In FAR TO GO, she explores the history of a country and its people with which she has a strong personal connection. Alison was the 2002 Bronwen Walace Award winner for the most promising writer under thirty-five in Canada. She has published two acclaimed volumes of poetry and her first novel, The Sweet Edge, was widely acclaimed. She lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.

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Book Info

Publication date

31st January 2012

Author

Alison Pick

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Author's Website

www.alisonpick.com/
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Publisher

Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780755379439

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