The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es wins Costa Book of the Year Award
The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es has won the overall Costa Book of the Year Award. The winner of the Costa Biography Award, van Es pipped Normal People by Ireland’s Sally Rooney, as well as the other winners of the individual Awards for Children’s, Poetry and First Novel.
The Cut Out Girl was described by the judges as: “The hidden gem of the year. Sensational and gripping, and shedding light on some of the most urgent issues of our time, this was our unanimous winner.”
About The Cut Out Girl:
Little Lien wasn’t taken from her Jewish parents – she was given away in the hope that she might be saved. Hidden and raised by a foster family in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation, she survived the war only to find that her real parents had not. Much later, she fell out with her foster family, and Bart van Es – the grandson of Lien’s foster parents – knew he needed to find out why.
His account of tracing Lien and telling her story is a searing exploration of two lives and two families. It is a story about love and misunderstanding and about the ways that our most painful experiences – so crucial in defining us – can also be redefined.
‘Deeply moving. Writes with an almost Sebaldian simplicity and understatement’ Guardian
‘Superb. This is a necessary book – painful, harrowing, tragic, but also uplifting’ Times
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