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The Escape Artist


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Jonathan Freedland is a Guardian columnist and former foreign correspondent. He was named Columnist of the Year in 2002, Commentator of the Year in 2016 and won an Orwell Prize for Journalism in 2014. He is the presenter of BBC Radio 4's contemporary history series, The Long View, and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. He is the author of 11 books, two of them non-fiction, including his first book, the award-winning Bring Home the Revolution. He has written nine thrillers under the name Sam Bourne, including The Righteous Men which was a #1 Sunday Times bestseller and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.


Excellent . . . thrilling . . . Freedland's book is rich in the kind of details that haunt you long after you have turned the last page
*Sunday Times*

A brilliant and heart-wrenching book, with universal and timely lessons about the power of information - and misinformation
*Yuval Noah Harari*

A magnificent book. I could scarcely breathe at some points. What a tribute to its extraordinary hero, and it's such an important and necessary story to read . . . I can't praise it too highly. What an achievement
*Philip Pullman*

An immediate classic of Holocaust literature. Superbly researched and written, it is both a gripping story and deeply moving, I literally could not put it down
*Antony Beevor*

Immersive, shattering, and, ultimately redemptive book . . . An epic of terror and endurance . . . Written with Freedland's page-turning, gripping, hard-edged immediacy, The Escape Artist is profound in thought, boundless in humanity, an immediate modern classic
*Simon Schama*

Awe inspiring, exciting and poignant, this is a thrilling read, a piece of redemptive storytelling and a work of important Holocaust historical research: Freedland has given Rudolf Vrba his rightful place in history - and in the process written a book that I couldn't put down
*Simon Sebag Montefiore*

The Escape Artist is marvellous. It is original, meticulous and utterly compelling - and ultimately a deeply tragic tale
*Philippe Sands*

A must-read stand out piece of history . . . This is Freedland at his finest . . . It is both a celebration of the extraordinary will, courage and resilience of the hero - Rudi Vrba - and an all too prescient warning of how hard it is to wake up the world to things it would prefer not to see
*Emily Maitlis*

A work of the highest quality about an astonishing man. It is gripping from start to finish, searingly, shocking, revelatory, and deeply moving - the more so because there is no false note, no striving for effect. The research is prodigious and the complexities deftly woven into the narrative . . . A profoundly troubling and important work
*Jonathan Dimbleby*

A masterpiece of page-turning history: an escape story that is also a fearless exploration of some of the most profound questions that face humanity. Rudolf Vrba's extraordinary testimony will deepen your understanding of the Holocaust - and compel you to think afresh about our own times, and the role of truth, denial and fragile memory. Magisterial
*Matthew d'Ancona*

The story of Vrba's escape from Auschwitz, exquisitely told by Jonathan Freedland, soars like a thriller. Exhilarating, deeply moving, and historically important
*Simon Parkin*

Powerful, important, compelling and superbly told. This is a book that needs to be read
*Bart van Es, bestselling author of The Cut Out Girl*

An indispensable, unflinching, bone-hard book. Compelling reading
*Howard Jacobson*

I read it with my heart beating fast, full of horror, rage, despair - and admiration for this potent demonstration of the stubborn resilience of the human spirit
*Tracy Chevalier*

*Julia Neuberger*

Meticulously researched . . . shocking but thrilling, and ultimately overwhelmingly inspiring
*Daily Mail*

Astonishing . . . An indispensable part of Holocaust history . . . Gripping

An utterly gripping narrative, incorporating a restrained though harrowing picture of life in Auschwitz and a kind of heroic adventure story
*The Observer*

Such an important piece of history . . . This dramatic, compelling and deeply sensitive account raises issues around courage, agency and the credibility of facts that still resonate today
*'Books of the Year', The Spectator*

This really is an extraordinary book
*The Times*

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