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Join the BGA for a discussion between bestselling author Thomas Harding and Chair of the Jewish Museum London Nick Viner to mark the publication of the picture book adaptation of Harding’s Costa-shortlisted biography, The House by the Lake.

The House by the Lake tells the astonishing true story of a wooden cottage on the shore of a lake on the outskirts of Berlin. Over the course of a century, this little house played host to a loving Jewish family, a renowned Nazi composer, wartime refugees and a Stasi informant; in that time, a world war came and went, and the Berlin Wall was built a stone’s throw from the cottage’s back door.

Thomas Harding is a bestselling author and journalist who has written for the Financial Times, The Sunday Times (London), The Washington Post, and The Guardian, among other publications. He cofounded a television station in Oxford and for many years was an award-winning documentary maker. He also ran a local newspaper in West Virginia, winning the West Virginia Association of Justice’s Journalist of the Year Award, before moving back to England in 2011, where he lives with his family.

Nick Viner is Chair of the Jewish Museum London and Founder and Director of Circle Sq., a destination for interesting and dynamic people over 50. After many years working as a senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group, Nick moved into the non-profit sector, setting up, building and leading JW3, a ground-breaking, community and cultural centre in North London that brings together a quarter of a million people every year.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers after the discussion.