BY THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF LONGBOURN. "Skilful ...daring ...extraordinary". (The Guardian). "A fascinating fictional account of Samuel Beckett's wartime years". (IAN RANKIN). "Beautifully written, empathetic and unflinching, it is very, very good". (Daily Mail). "Marvellous, spare, moving". (FRANCIS SPUFFORD). "Insightful ...beautifully paced ...authentic". (The Irish Times). Paris, 1939: The pavement rumbles with the footfall of Nazi soldiers marching along the Champs Elysees. A young writer, recently arrived from Ireland to make his mark, smokes one last cigarette with his lover before the city they know is torn apart. Soon, he will put is own life and those of his loved ones in mortal danger by joining the Resistance...Spies, artists, deprivation, danger and passion: this is a story of life at the edges of human experience, and of how one man came to translate it all into art. Sunday Express Book of the Month Praise for Jo Baker's LONGBOURN: "Intoxicating". (Guardian). "Engrossing". (Sunday Times). "Audacious". (New York Times).
Shortlisted for Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017.
"Skilful ... daring ... an extraordinary story" The Guardian "[It is] the unexpected Beckett that is on show here. Baker pays tribute to a man who joined the French Resistance, narrowly escaped the Gestapo, fled south on foot and went into hiding, and was eventually awarded the Croix de Guerre" The Times "A fascinating fictional account of Samuel Beckett's wartime years" IAN RANKIN "Beautifully written, empathetic and unflinching, it is very, very good" Daily Mail "vivid and well-wrought" Times Literary Supplement
Jo Baker was educated at Oxford and Queen's University, Belfast. She lives in Lancaster with her husband and their two children. She is the author of the bestselling LONGBOURN, which is due to be made into a film. Her latest novel is inspired by the life of Samuel Beckett.