“An absolutely fascinating, beautifully rendered story of love, loss, and heroism … a glowing portrait of women rising up against impossible odds.” — Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale
“Unforgettable … Recommend this book to anyone who thinks no single person can make a difference.” — Karen Joy Fowler, author of the PEN/Faulkner winner and Booker Prize finalist We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
From New York Times bestselling novelist Meg Waite Clayton comes a powerful pre-WWII era novel based on the true story of the Kindertransport rescue of ten thousand children from Nazi-occupied Europe—and one brave woman who helped them escape.
In 1936, the Nazis are little more than brutish bores to fifteen-year old Stephan Neuman, a budding playwright and son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family in Vienna, Austria. Stephan’s best friend and companion is the brilliant Žofie-Helene, a Christian girl whose mother edits a progressive, anti-Nazi newspaper. But the two adolescents’ carefree innocence is shattered when Hitler’s forces advance.
There is hope in the darkness, though. Truus Wijsmuller, a childless Dutchwoman, risks her life smuggling children out of Nazi-occupied land to the nations that will take them. It is a mission that becomes even more dangerous after the Anschluss—Hitler’s annexation of Austria—as, across Europe, countries close their borders to the growing number of refugees desperate to escape.
Tante Truus, as she is known, is determined to save as many children as she can. After Britain passes a measure to take in young refugees from the German Reich, she dares to approach Adolf Eichmann, the man who would later help devise the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question,” in a race against time to lead hundreds of children on a perilous journey to freedom.
“The Last Train to London is an absolutely fascinating, beautifully rendered story of love, loss, and heroism in the dark days leading up to World War II. Clayton perfectly captures the tension and heartbreak of the times, which feel so relevant today. It is a glowing portrait of women rising up against impossible odds to save children.”
—Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Great Alone and The Nightingale
“The Last Train to London is painful and beautiful, absorbing and unforgettable. A wonderful tribute to courage, to a remarkable woman, to the ones she saved, and the ones she could not. Recommend this book to anyone who thinks no single person can make a difference…”
— Karen Joy Fowler, author of the PEN/Faulkner winner and Booker Prize finalist We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and The Jane Austen Book Club
“This novel is stunning – heartbreaking, powerful, beautiful and an absolute must read.”
— Margie Scott Tucker, Books Inc.
The Last Train to London will also be published in Canada by HarperCollins Canada and in translation in:
Czech from Nakladatelský dům GRADA
Danish from Gads Forlag
Dutch from HarperCollins Holland
French from Editions Les Escales
Hebrew from Matar Publishing House
Italian from HarperCollins Italia Editore
Portuguese from HarperCollins Ibérica
Portuguese (Brazil) from HarperCollins Brasil
Slovak from IKAR, and
Spanish from HarperCollins Ibérica