Award for lit­er­ary gem

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

THE story of a Dutch Jewish girl who sur­vived the Sec­ond World War picked up one of the Costa Book Awards this year.

The Cut Out Girl was writ­ten by Ox­ford Univer­sity English pro­fes­sor, Bart van Es, whose grand­par­ents helped to shel­ter Lien de Jong-Spiero. Now 85, she lives in Am­s­ter­dam.

The judges called the book, which won in the bi­og­ra­phy cat­e­gory, “the hid­den gem of the year”. It was “sen­sa­tional and grip­ping”, they said, shed­ding light on some of the most ur­gent is­sues of our time”.

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