The Girl from the Channel Islands

The Girl from the Channel Islands

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - inspired by the true story of a young Jewish girl - Hedy Bercu - who fled to Jersey from Vienna only to find herself trapped on the island during the German occupation.

An evocative, beautifully written story of a young Jewish woman trapped on the occupied island of Jersey during World War II.

SUMMER 1940:

Hedy Bercu watches the skies over Jersey for German planes, convinced that an invasion is imminent. When it finally comes, there is no counterattack from Allied forces and most islanders and occupying forces settle into an uneasy coexistence. But for Hedy, the situation is perilously different. For Hedy is Jewish.

With no means of escape, Hedy hides in plain sight, working as a translator for the Germans while silently working against them. But as the war intensifies, Hedy knows she is in greater danger each day. Soon, her survival will depend not just on her own courage, but on the community she has come to cherish and a man who should be her enemy.

Vividly re-creating little-known events, this is an unforgettable tale of resilience and bravery, and of the extraordinary power found in quiet acts of heroism and love.


Fiction: general and literary


Jenny Lecoat

272 pages

H: 198mm W: 128mm

Weight: 240 grams