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The Hiding Game


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The gripping third novel by Naomi Wood, author of the award-winning Mrs. Hemingway, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick.

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Naomi Wood is the bestselling author of The Godless Boys and the award-winning Mrs. Hemingway, which won the British Library Writer's Award and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award. It was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. Her work is available in sixteen languages. She teaches at the University of East Anglia and lives in Norwich with her family. The Hiding Game is her third novel.


The Hiding Game is a brilliant, fascinating novel - a gripping story, skilfully told. I defy anyone not to be possessed by the all-consuming universe it creates -- Sara Baume, author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither
A suspenseful story of obsession against the tense political backdrop of Germany's Bauhaus art school -- Francesca Angelini * Sunday Times Style *
The Hiding Game is a searing and profoundly moving exploration of the things we conceal from others and all that we hide from ourselves. Atmospheric and compelling . . . A haunting read -- Caroline Lea, author of The Glass Woman
The author of Mrs Hemingway triumphs with another exploration of the costs of creativity, this time art and the meticulously researched Bauhaus era from its claustrophobic bubble to the hostile world beyond. I was seduced and fascinated by the hedonism, the creative and romantic rivalries and conflicted loyalties in this tangle of flawed and beautiful people -- Isabel Costello, The Literary Sofa
This suspenseful mystery is about art, expression, freedom and love. Wood's portrayal of the Bauhaus is a thrill, whilst her playfulness with language is an absolute joy -- HWA Gold Crown Judges
Impressive . . . The Hiding Game opens as Paul Beckermann, an artist long exiled in England, learns of the death of an old friend, Walter Koenig. The news returns him to 1922, and the Bauhaus, where he and Walter, together with a close-knit group of friends, were students . . . With great conviction, Wood summons up the intensity of the students' camaraderie and the forces that destroy it -- Nick Rennison * The Sunday Times *
Wood can recreate a time and place with all its glamour and grit . . . art and ideas have never felt more thrilling. Against this backdrop, seductions, secrets and rivalries all play out - until years later when they unravel -- Alexandra Heminsley * Grazia *
A fantastic novel, so beautiful and sad. Naomi Wood's instinct for the rhythm and details of longing is sublime and the way she weaves together the personal and national is mesmerising . . . Immersive, elegant and affecting, Wood's prose, as always, delights the senses -- Megan Bradbury, author of Everyone is Watching
A love story set in the Bauhaus art school during Germany's turbulent 1920s? Be still, my pounding heart! -- Sarra Manning * Red, 'The only summer reads you need' *
Set against the political upheaval of 1930s Germany, The Hiding Game is a dazzling tale of artistic ambition and romantic desire, of the choices we make in youth and the price we pay for them as we grow older. Beautifully written, vividly realized, it will remain seared in my imagination for years to come -- Ellen Feldman, author of Next to Love
Naomi Wood's The Hiding Game is extraordinary. Rich, intense, incredible language describing the loyalty and treachery of this group of artists ignoring Hitler's rise -- Liza Klaussmann, author of Tigers in Red Weather
Tense and absorbing, this is a book that you'll want to dive into and hungrily read to the last word * Stylist *
An engaging tale filled with jealousies and rivalries turns into a dark, compelling drama about betrayal, revenge and the cost of loving too much . . . Like Donna Tartt's The Secret History, Wood's novel starts out as a chronicle of a death foretold . . . emotionally charged and morally complex * Literary Review *
Wood effortlessly evokes the atmosphere at the Bauhaus . . . The Hiding Game is a carefully and intricately woven novel of love, deceit and creativity * Icon Magazine *
A devastating secret haunts Naomi Wood's third novel . . . Fans of Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life will be carried away by the similarly fraught friendships and loving betrayals in Wood's book * New Statesman *
In The Hiding Game, the reader is lured expertly into the atmosphere and eccentricities of a group of Bauhaus students whose loves and loyalties are tested within their odd, exciting environment. This is a novel of curious, arresting detail and sharp emotions, a coming of age story like no other. Layered and intricate, it's another triumph from the lively mind of Naomi Wood -- Nuala O'Connor, author of Becoming Belle
A novel of delicate menace, in which the gathering weight of personal struggle becomes insidiously roped to the political upheaval of 1930s Germany and its rising fascist forces -- Ross Raisin, author of God's Own Country

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