First published in New York in 1865 and influenced by the author’s Dutch immigrant neighbours, this is the story of Hans Brinker and his sister Gretel, two impoverished children growing up in Holland. Who has never dreamt of skating for miles on frozen canals? And racing to win?
Oblique, elliptical, “doesn’t quite behave itself” according to one of us. An autobiographical novel about a young Jewish girl in 1920s Antwerp, observant but with a child’s oddly revealing blind spots.