Books: The Cut-Out Girl

Now in her 80s, the protagonist opens up to the sympathetic writer about the horrors of the Holocaust in the Netherlands.

June 28, 2019 08:56
4 minute read.
Books: The Cut-Out Girl

Author Bart van Es, winner of the Costa Book of the Year award, with Lien de Jong, subject of his winning biography, ‘The Cut Out Girl’. (photo credit: PUBLISHING PERSPECTIVES)


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Bart Van Es’s book, The Cut-Out Girl, was the winner of the 2018 UK Costa Prize. Telling the story of a young girl named Lien, it starts in tranquility, even though it is located in a small Dutch town in the late 1930s. There is little hint of the days ahead, of German tanks rumbling through town and village, of the rounding up and deportation of the Jewish population.


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