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The Hiding Room

Wilson, Jonathan
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Five Leaves Publications
Published: January 3, 2008
ISBN: 9781905512300
250 pages


The Hiding Room moves between Cairo and British Mandate Palestine in 1941, and Israel of 1991. In 1941 a reserved English officer falls for a waiflike Viennese Jew trying to flee to Palestine. He betrays her, then tries to save her from the consequences of his action. He too has to flee, at risk both from his fellow British soldiers and the Zionist underground. 50 years on, at the height of the Intifada, the son of this brief partnership comes to Israel and Palestine to trace what happened to his father.

The Hiding Room is a tense historical thriller. Published in the USA by Penguin, this is the first UK paperback publication of The Hiding Room.

“…this story of love, betrayal and redemption is a significant achievement” – Publishers Weekly (USA)

Jonathan Wilson is the author of the biography ‘Marc Chagal’l, two novels, ‘A Palestine Affair’ and ‘The Hiding Room’, two collections of stories, ‘Schoom’ and ‘An Ambulance is on the Way: Stories of Men in Trouble’, and two critical studies of the fiction of Saul Bellow. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Best American Short Stories, among other publications, and he is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a professor of English at Tufts University and lives with his family in Newton, Massachusetts.

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