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No Place to Lay One’s Head: An Extract

Posted 10th Jan 2018

‘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.

Intrigued? Read an extract here and preorder your copy here.