In a richly-layered novel, spanning 50 years, Aidan Chambers evokes the atmosphere of war while interweaving Jacob's exploration of new relationships in contemporary Amsterdam. Originally published: London: Bodley Head, 1999
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"The type of serious teenage fiction that should be cherished"
Independent||"A dramatic and moving novel, destined to become a classic"
Carousel||"Clear-eyed self reflection that also characterisesThe Diary of Anne Frankand the Rembrandt portraits which Jacob so admires"
TES||"Seriously good and compulsively readable novel that spans fifty years and two interwoven stories of love, betrayal and self-discovery"
Lyn Gardiner||"Writing and literature at its best"
The School Librarian
Jacob Todd, abroad on his own for the first time, arrives in Amsterdam for the commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem where his grandfather fought fifty years before. He meets the terminally ill Geertrui, an old lady who tells an extraordinary story of love and betrayal, linking Jacob with her own Dutch family in a way he never suspected and leading him to question his place in the world.
This richly-layered novel, spanning fifty years, powerfully evokes the atmosphere of war while brilliantly interweaving Jacob's exploration of new relationships in contemporary Amsterdam.
The fifth in a sequence of six ground-breaking and provocative novels that explore different aspects of teenage love and self-discover. This new edition includes an Afterword by the author.
'A superbly crafted, intensely moving novel' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
'The type of serious teenage fiction that should be cherished' INDEPENDENT
'Writing and literature at its best' SCHOOL LIBRARIAN
'A terrific novel' DAILY TELEGRAPH
Not suitable for younger readers