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JQ-Wingate Prize Winner No Place to Lay One’s Head: An Extract

Posted 22nd Jan 2019

‘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 now out in paperback. If you haven’t yet discovered this incredible memoir, now’s the time…

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.