A riveting story of survival against all odds, told by a masterful storyteller who also happens to be a fresh new voice in the genre. I ... recommend it highly, not just to fans of historical fiction, but to lovers of good books everywhere'
A vividly evoked story of love surviving, even triumphing, over oppression'
Hedy’s War is a stimulating, emotional, and engaging novel, and has been chosen as one of our Debuts of the Month – a captivating, heartfelt and rewarding debut based on true events'
This gripping tale of forbidden love and survival will leave you breathless'
Thrilling and deeply moving'
Jersey Festival of Words
Bercu's true-life story is reshaped and retold by Jenny Lecoat in her new historical novel, Hedy's War. … There is a deliberate air of claustrophobia that hangs over Lecoat’s novel'
Times of Israel
About the Book
In June 1940, the Channel Islands becomes the only part of Great Britain to be occupied by Hitler’s forces. Hedy Bercu, a young Jewish girl from Vienna who fled to Jersey two years earlier to escape the Anschluss, finds herself once more entrapped by the Nazis, this time with no escape.
Hedy’s War follows her struggle to survive the Occupation and avoid deportation to the camps. Despite her racial status, Hedy finds work with the German authorities and embarks on acts of resistance. Most remarkable of all, she falls in love with a German lieutenant – a relationship on which her life soon comes to depend.
Born in Jersey, Channel Islands, Jenny Lecoat’s parents were raised under German Occupation, and both families were involved in resistance activity. Lecoat moved to England aged 18, where, following a drama degree, she spent a decade on the alternative comedy circuit as a feminist stand-up. She was nominated for a prestigious Perrier Award in 1986. She also wrote for newspapers and women’s magazines (Cosmopolitan, Observer) and presented TV and radio shows, before focusing on screen writing from sitcom (Birds of a Feather, Sometime Never) to sketch shows (The Catherine Tate Show.) A love of history and factual stories and a return to her island roots brought about her feature film Another Mother’s Son (2017), which starred Jenny Seagrove and John Hannah, and attracted major coverage.
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