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The Boy from Boskovice - A Father's Secret Life - cover

The Boy from Boskovice - A Father's Secret Life

Vicky Unwin

Publisher: Unbound

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Summary

As well as being a fascinating study of how trauma can echo though generations of one family, the book traverses crucial moments in Europe's modern history: Czechoslovakia in the late nineteenth century, Prague and Berlin before the First World War, and Nazi Germany.It features
     a host of personal letters and images from Unwin's family archive.
 The author will be available for events around publication.For fans of In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott, Dadland by Kerrie Carew, A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz by Göran Rosenberg, Reading Claudius by Caroline Keller.

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