Coming from Harper Books September 10, 2019! You can read a bit about it in Publishers Weekly’s Book Deals of the Week column. It’s also a Publisher’s Marketplace Buzz Book for Fall/Winter 2019, which means you can download the first few chapters to read. And it’s one of Library Journal’s most anticipated Historical Fiction titles, and on Publisher’s Weekly’s BookExpo hottest galleys!
“An absolutely fascinating, beautifully rendered story of love, loss, and heroism … a glowing portrait of women rising up against impossible odds.” — Kristin Hannah, #1 bestselling author of The Nightingale
“What a delight it was to read this brilliant telling of the Kindertransport, a novel threaded with compassion, hope and love.” – Heather Morris, #1 bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz
“A brilliant and chilling reminder of history’s lessons … brimming with hope and gravitas.” — Yangsze Choo, author of the Reese Witherspoon/Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick The Night Tiger
“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
The Last Train to London will also be published in 17 international editions.
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
“What a delight it was to read this brilliant telling of the Kindertransport, a novel threaded with compassion, hope and love. Thank you, Meg Waite Clayton for reminding us of what can happen when good people conspire against evil.”
—Heather Morris, #1 bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz
“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
“Sometimes a novel comes along that feels both rooted in history, yet timelessly pertinent. The Last Train to London is a brilliant and chilling reminder of history’s lessons, told urgently and sympathetically from the viewpoint of the children desperate to flee Hitler’s regime, and the women willing to risk all to save them. Meg Waite Clayton’s unflinching, evocative prose brings the entwined destinies of Stephan, Žofie-Helene, and Truus to life. The cruelties, large and small, inflicted by the Nazis on their chosen scapegoats echo ominously in today’s world, leading us to ponder the thin line separating bravery from indifference. Yet The Last Train to London is also a reminder of love, tenderness, and friendship that blossoms despite tremendous risk. Beautifully written and brimming with hope and gravitas, this is a tale that will transport readers to the edge of their seats, even as the last Kinder Transport prepares, against all odds, to leave for London.” — Yangsze Choo, author of the New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick, The Night Tiger, and The Ghost Bride
“This novel is stunning – heartbreaking, powerful, beautiful and an absolute must read.”
— Margie Scott Tucker, Books Inc.
“In 1930s Vienna, playwriting Jewish teenager Stephan enjoys a close friendship with whip-smart Christian girl Žofie-Helene. Everything changes horribly with the Anschluss, and Stephan and Žofie-Helene are just two of the many endangered children smuggled out of continental Europe by Truus Wijsmuller, a member of the Dutch resistance. New York Times best-selling author Clayton draws on Wijsmuller’s real-life story; with a 200,000-copy first printing.”
— Library Journal, in its most anticipated Historical Fiction titles.
Read about it in Publishers Weekly’s Book Deals of the Week column.