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The Wish Child

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Winner of the New Zealand Book Awards Fiction prize

Germany, 1939. Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power. Siggi lives in the affluent ignorance of middle-class Berlin, her father a censor who excises prohibited words ('promise', 'love', 'mercy'). Erich is an only child living a lush rural life, aware that he is shadowed by strange, unanswered questions.

Drawn together as Germany's hope for a glorious future begins to collapse, the children find temporary refuge in an abandoned theatre amidst the rubble of Berlin. Outside, white bedsheets hang from windows; all over the city people are talking of surrender. The days Siggi and Erich spend together will shape the rest of their lives.

Watching over Siggi and Erich is the wish child, the mysterious narrator of their story. He sees what they see, he feels what they feel, yet his is a voice that comes from deep inside the wreckage of a nation's dream.

Genre: Historical    

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Hardback Editions

October 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Wish Child: A Novel
Author(s): Catherine Chidgey
ISBN: 1-64009-097-5 / 978-1-64009-097-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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July 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Wish Child
Author(s): Catherine Chidgey
ISBN: 1-78474-110-8 / 978-1-78474-110-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

July 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Wish Child
Author(s): Catherine Chidgey
ISBN: 1-78470-433-4 / 978-1-78470-433-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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July 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Wish Child
Author(s): Catherine Chidgey
ISBN: 1-78474-111-6 / 978-1-78474-111-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Kindle Editions

October 2018 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Wish Child: A Novel
Author(s): Catherine Chidgey
Publisher: Counterpoint
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July 2017 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Wish Child
Author(s): Catherine Chidgey
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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