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  • Astonishing. Van Es has created a masterpiece of history and memoir, concluding on a note of reconciliation, hope and great love

    Evening Standard
  • An extraordinary, harrowing story of loss, survival and love

  • Deeply moving, this is a remarkable memoir

    Sunday Times
  • Powerful . . . extraordinary

    Irish Times
  • Brought to life with family photographs and diary entries that add further impact to Lien's harrowing memories and testimony - this deeply affecting and fascinating story is guaranteed to haunt you

    Sunday Mirror
  • Remarkable - the story of one traumatic childhood, deeply moving, and told with great dexterity, allowing the wisdoms of today to run parallel with the absorbing narrative of wartime events

    Penelope Lively
  • Compassionate and thoughtfully rendered, the book is both a memorable portrait of a remarkable woman and a testament to the healing power of understanding. A complex and uplifting tale

  • A nuanced, moving, and unusual "hidden child" account

    Publishers Weekly
  • Superb. This is a necessary book - painful, harrowing, tragic, but also uplifting

    The Times Book of the Week
  • Fascinating, beautifully written. Van Es carefully salvages Lien's story and creates a deeply moving and complex book about war, atrocity and human suffering

    The Oldie

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