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A tale of forbidden love

Newly translated into English, Jan Vantoortelboom’s His Name Is David, a Dutch-language bestseller, is a tale of forbidden love set in World War I in Flanders. Consisting of vignettes, the story opens as a young Belgian school teacher faces a firing squad for desertion.

Jan attended the Edinburgh Book Festival in August, and was nominated for the festival’s prestigious First Book Award.

You can read an extract from His Name Is David in the Guardian here.