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CONFESSION WITH BLUE HORSES

Sophie Hardach

  • Original Title: CONFESSION WITH BLUE HORSES
  • Publication date: June 2019
  • Publisher: HEAD OF ZEUS
  • Country: GB
  • 352 print pages
  • Drama

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  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: Germany
  • Themes: FAMILY, Siblings, Dysfunctional family, Intergenerational, Childhood, Family secrets, Filiation, PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Search for the truth, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Power, Totalitarian regime, War and other conflicts, Maternity, Mourning, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character

Pitch

Tobi and Ella’s childhood in East Berlin is shrouded in mystery. Now adults living in London, their past in full of unanswered questions. Where did their parents disappear to, and why? What happened to Heiko, their little brother? And was there ever a painting of three blue horses?

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Shortlisted for The 2019 Costa Book Awards - Novel category

Sophie Hardach was born in 1979 and grew up in Germany. She studied economics and political science at Edinburgh University and the National University of Singapore. After graduating, she worked as a correspondent for Reuters news agency in London, Milan, Tokyo and Paris, where she now lives.

Summary

Tobi and Ella’s childhood in East Berlin is shrouded in mystery. Now adults living in London, their past in full of unanswered questions. Both remember their family's daring and terrifying attempt to escape, which ended in tragedy; but the fall-out from that single event remains elusive. Where did their parents disappear to, and why? What happened to Heiko, their little brother? And was there ever a painting of three blue horses?

In contemporary Germany, Aaron works for the archive, making his way through old files, piecing together the tragic history of thousands of families. But one file in particular catches his eye; and soon unravelling the secrets at its heart becomes an obsession.

When Ella is left a stash of notebooks by her mother, and she and Tobi embark on a search that will take them back to Berlin, her fate clashes with Aaron's, and together they piece together the details of Ella's past... and a family destroyed.

Devastating and beautifully written, funny and life-affirming, CONFESSIONS WITH BLUE HORSES explores intimate family life and its strength in the most difficult of circumstances.

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  • Author’s biography

    Sophie Hardach was born in 1979 and grew up in Germany. She studied economics and political science at Edinburgh University and the National University of Singapore. After graduating, she worked as a correspondent for Reuters news agency in London, Milan, Tokyo and Paris, where she now lives. Her novel CONFESSION WITH BLUE HORSES is a 2019 Costa Novel Award finalist.