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The Wish Child
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A terrifying portrayal of the way ordinary Germans were drawn in by the Nazi propaganda about a perfect Germany

About the Author

Catherine Chidgey was born in 1970. She has degrees in creative writing, psychology and German literature and lived in Berlin for three years. Her debut novel, In a Fishbone Church ('Warm, subtle and evocative? Louis de Berni res), won the South East Asia and Pacific Region Prize in the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel, a Betty Trask Prize and was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her second novel, Golden Deeds, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, followed by The Transformation ('As beautiful as it is terrifying? Sunday Express) in 2006. Chidgey lives in Ngaruawahia, New Zealand.'Intelligent, lyrical, disciplined and observant, she is the real deal, the star of her generation.? New Zealand Listener'Chidgey is a gifted writer, and her confident, commanding prose and vivid atmospherics hold the attention.? Guardian

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"A remarkable book with a stunningly original twist." * The Times *
"An intriguing read" -- Fanny Blake * Woman & Home *
"An incredible piece of writing...takes us inside the minds of the children and their families with such tenderness, humanity and psychological astuteness that it creates an understanding of why they loved and followed Hitler." * New Zealand Listener *
"Compellingly gentle and empathetic...one of our 'must read' novelists. It is a book difficult to put down and deserving of more than one reading." * Otago Daily Times (NZ) *
"A brilliant novel, with a cohesive and persuasive vision of human beings under stress, a subtle prose-style and a major grasp of things that really matter." * Reid's Reader blog (NZ) *

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