Bart van Es’s 2018 book The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found, which won the overall Costa Book of the Year award for 2018, tells the true story of Lien de Jong, who as a young Jewish girl was fostered by Bart van Es’s grandparents for her own safety when the Netherlands was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1942. The judges described it as ‘sensational and gripping … shedding light on some of the most urgent issues of our time’
Bart van Es is a literary critic and writer. He is a Professor of English at the University of Oxford, where he is also a fellow of St Catherine’s College. He was born in the Netherlands and lived in Norway, Dubai and Indonesia before his family settled in the United Kingdom in 1986 when he was 14 years old.
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