Novel, After The War, is inspired by story of ‘The Boys’

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Novel, After The War, is inspired by story of ‘The Boys’

Tom Palmer's moving work helps tell the tale of 300 Jewish refugees and orphans who came to Britain from Nazi Germany

Tom Palmer’s powerful and moving novel After The War is inspired by the true-life story of The Boys – 300 Jewish refugee orphans, who were brought over to Britain at the end of the Second World War to begin a new life in the Lake District.

Set in the summer of 1945, Yossi, Leo and Mordecai are among the new arrivals known as the Windermere Children. 

Having survived the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, the youngsters have finally reached a place of safety and peace, where they can hopefully begin to recover. But Yossi is haunted by thoughts of his missing father and disturbed by terrible nightmares. 

As he waits desperately for news from home, he fears that Mordecai and Leo – the closest thing to family he has left – will move on without him and wonders what will become of his life.

Palmer penned his story, aimed at young readers aged nine and over, following meticulous research and with the support of the Lake District Holocaust Project.

After The War: From Auschwitz To Ambleside by Tom Palmer is published by Barrington Stoke, price £6.99 (paperback).
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