22. ilb 07. - 17.09.2022

Thomas Harding

Portrait Thomas Harding
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Thomas Harding, born in London in 1968. He attended Westminster School and then studied anthropology and political science at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. After leaving university, he was a journalist and worked in television.

His book »Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz« (2013) was a bestseller in the United Kingdom, Italy, and Israel, and was named Book of the Year by major British newspapers. The work has been translated into sixteen languages and won the 2015 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize for nonfiction. »The House by the Lake: A Story of Germany« (2015) tells of a small wooden house on the lake of Groß Glienicke between Berlin and Potsdam that witnessed a hundred years of turbulent history, including World War II, was restored, and is now a place for education and reconciliation, called the Alexander Haus. This book made the 2013 Costa Book Awards shortlist. Harding’s next book, »Blood On the Page« about the only modern murder trial in Britain to take place behind closed doors, won the Crime Writers’ Association non-fiction prize in 2018. A year later, Harding published »Legacy«, about the German-Jewish refugee family behind the mega-catering company J Lyons and a 150 years of British history. Nigella Lawson said »I was riveted: this is a fascinating social history.» In 2020, Harding worked with illustrator Britta Teckentrup to make »The House By The Lake – Picture Book« for children aged 8 and up. One hundred years of German history is told here in a tangible way. According to Deutschlandfunk, »The historical contexts and the respective political background of the inhabitants are only hinted at – in a manner accessible to children – and the author’s personal relationship to the house also plays no role. The house itself is the lively protagonist of this warmly told picture book.« Also published in 2020, was Harding’s book for young adults, »Future History 2050«, which is nominated for the 2021 German Youth Literature Award and is a history of the next thirty years told from the point of view of a character in 2050 who tries to change their past.

Harding has written for numerous newspapers, including »The Guardian«, »The Sunday Times«, »The Washington Post«, »The Independent«, »Der Spiegel«, and »The Financial Times«.