‘An astonishing memoir… as gripping as any thriller… stark and chilling… we owe [Frenkel] a huge debt of gratitude. In sharing her bitter taste of bitter history, she has shown us the worst of humanity – but also the best’ – Sunday Times
No Place to Lay One’s Head is out on Thursday and will be the Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4 from the 29th January.
First published in 1945 and recently rediscovered in a flea market in Nice, No Place to Lay One’s Head is Françoise Frenkel’s story, a Polish Jew who opened the first French Bookshop in Berlin and ran it until July 1939 when she was forced to flee. It’s a heartbreaking tale of human cruelty and unending kindness; of a woman whose lust for life refuses to leave her, even in her darkest hours.