'So this will happen. I will inherit Karen's son who I hate and love before I've even set eyes on him.'
In 1947 a sixteen-year-old German orphan, Stefan Landau, comes to England. A traumatized boy in a shabby Hitler Youth uniform, he is sent to live with his aunt, Elisabeth, and her family.
But Elisabeth is troubled by her sister's son. Among Stefan's few possessions is a portrait of a girl by a painter called Michael Ross. This brings back memories, both painful and precious, of Elisabeth and her sister Karen's lives before the war and the events which saw her family torn and separated.
Spanning decades and generations, The German Boy is the moving story of two families entangled by love and friendship, divided by prejudice and war, and of a brief encounter between a man and a woman that touched each of their lives forever.
Praise for The River
'Moving and impressive, strongly atmospheric.