'Berlin Poplars' published in the UK


Norwegian award-winning author, Anne B. Ragde’s novel, ‘Berlin Poplars’ will be published in English and available in book stores in the UK from 3 April.

Just before Christmas on a farm in Norway, eighty-year-old Anna Neshov, matriarch of a troubled family, is taken gravely ill. Her three sons have been quietly immersed in their work: the eldest runs the family pig farm and is the father of an illegitimate daughter whom no-one in the family has ever met; one is an undertaker who is worried that his job is compromised by the fact that he has long since lost his faith in God; the youngest is gay and lives a decadent, extravagant lifestyle as a window dresser in Copenhagen. As a result of the mother’s illness they are forced to reunite for the first time in many years. 

The novel, published by Harvill Secker, is a moving family drama with subtle dark humour, about a family that cannot live with or without each other. The title comes from the trees, Berlin Poplars, which were planted outside Trondheim by homesick Germans during the Second World War. Throughout the novel they become a symbol of family roots and belonging in alien surroundings.

Anne B. Ragde has won the prestigious Riksmål Prize. She made her debut in 1986 with a children's book and her first novel was published in 1990. She has since written over thirty books.

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'Berlin Poplars' will be available in book stores from 3 April. 

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