Synopses & Reviews
Jacob Todd is abroad on his own, visiting his grandfathers grave at the commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem in Amsterdam. There, he meets elderly Geertrui, who tells an extraordinary story of love and betrayal, which completely overturns Jacobs view of himself and his country, and leads him to question his place in the world. Jacobs story is paralleled in time by the events of the dramatic day in World War II when retreating troops were sheltered by Geertruis family.
What happens to Jacob Todd when he visits his grandfather's grave at the annual commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem is paralleled in time by events of the dramatic day in World War 2 when retreating troops were sheltered by the family of Geertrui Van Riet. Geertrui, now an old lady, reveals secrets to Jacob in contemporary Amsterdam which completely overturn his view of himself and his country, and lead him to question his very place in the world.
About the Author
An ex-monk and ex-teacher, Aidan Chambers now spends his time writing and lecturing in Australia, the USA and Europe.