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Night Lessons in Little Jerusalem is an unforgettable debut novel of war, family and love.

 

About the book

Tholdi is a romantic. A musical prodigy whose brilliant future is extinguished when the horror unfolding across Europe arrives at his door. One day he’s captivated by the beautiful, mysterious Lyuba who he meets on his sixteenth birthday; the next he wakes to the terrors of war as the Nazi-allied Romanians attack his town of Czernowitz.

A ghetto is built to imprison the town’s Jews before herding them onto trains bound for the concentration camps of Transnistria. With each passing day, Tholdi and his parents await their turn. And then Fate intervenes, giving them all a reprieve.

At the weaving mill Tholdi secures work that spares him. He is elated. Until he discovers the two brothers who run the mill are Nazi collaborators hiding a terrible secret: the threat of transportation remains. When Tholdi sees one of the brothers with Lyuba, he glimpses a way to save himself and his family. But the stakes of his gamble are high. Will Lyuba be the key to their survival, or will Tholdi’s infatuation with her become a dangerous obsession that guarantees their death?

 

 

About the author

Rick Held studied creative writing at Victoria University before taking up a position at Crawford Productions, then Australia’s premier producer of television drama. He has since had a long career as a TV screenwriter and editor, working on numerous series including the critically acclaimed A Place to Call Home and the popular family drama Packed to the Rafters. Since 1997 he has been based in Sydney. Night Lessons in Little Jerusalem, inspired by his father’s wartime memoir, is his first novel.

 

 

Early review

‘Rick Held’s experience as a television screenwriter and editor shows in the fast pacing of the narrative, which will also appeal to anyone who enjoys well-developed historical writing.’—Hilary Simmons is a former assistant editor at Books+Publishing and a freelance copywriter, journalist and editor, read her full review here.

 

Advance copy giveaway

For your chance to win one of 5 advance reading copies of Night Lessons in Little Jerusalem, email marketing@hachette.com.au with ‘Night Lessons in Little Jerusalem’ in the subject line.

 

 

 

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