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The Hiding Room

The Hiding Room

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The Hiding Room moves between Cairo and British Mandate Palestine in 1941, and Israel of 1991. In 1941 a reserved English officer falls for a waiflike Viennese Jew trying to flee to Palestine. He betrays her, then tries to save her from the consequences of his action. He too has to flee, at risk both from his fellow British soldiers and the Zionist underground. Fifty years on, at the height of the Intifada, the son of this brief partnership comes to Israel and Palestine to trace what happened to his father.

'Moving and triumphant
— Sunday Telegraph

'Riveting... a story so compelling, you resist leaving it.'
— Elle

'An intense and frequently dramatic novel... this story of love, betrayal and redemption is a significant achievement.’
— Publishers Weekly (USA)

‘Like Pat Barker’s Booker Winner, 'The Ghost Road', 'The Hiding Room' does not look back nostalgically. It is an astringent, often brutal, illustration of how events shape individual lives and even bring them into being.’
— Carole Mansur, the Daily Telegraph

‘The Hiding Room’s' impressive strength is that Wilson does not imitate Greene, in his own distinctive terms… he continues him.’
— LA Times

‘The rewards of reading… Jonathan Wilson’s superb novel… are almost as equalled by the pleasure of recalling It.’
— Boston Sunday Globe

Published in the USA by Penguin, this is the first UK paperback publication.

Jonathan Wilson is the author of the biography Marc Chagall; two novels, A Palestine Affair and The Hiding Room; two collections of stories, Schoom and An Ambulance is on the Way: Stories of Men in Trouble; and two critical studies of the fiction of Saul Bellow. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and Best American Short Stories, among other publications.