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Professor Arthur Lash, born Artur Lasch in pre-war Austria, takes his American wife and their three sons back to Vienna, in 1960, to see how well his father is
rebuilding his life after regaining the factory stolen from him when Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany in 1938. 

For Arthur, the journey helps him re-establish his links with the city he was brought up in; for the rest of his family, their European holiday triggers emotions of a very different kind—secret longings, near disasters and absurd mishaps—all disruptive in different ways, and all watched over by their wise but needy and uninvited travelling companion, Mrs. Woodbine, the family nanny.

A masterly piece of writing.


Michael Ladner was born in Princeton, N.J., where his Viennese father was a medieval historian at the Institute for Advanced Study, alongside fellow academics Robert Oppenheimer and Albert Einstein. Having been patted on the head approvingly by the latter, Michael went on to take a B.A. from Harvard, an M.A. from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Claremont Graduate University, with further studies at the San Francisco Art Institute and School of Visual Arts. He has taught American and European History, Art History, Psychology and English, and has lived mostly in Brooklyn and Manhattan. In 2006, he and his wife moved to California. In this, his third novel, he draws on his father’s and grandfather’s forced exile from Austria, following the Nazi Anschluss.

Michael Ladner

Mrs. Woodbine's Prejudices


PUBLISHER EnvelopeBooks 

FORMAT Paperback/Softback 

EXTENT 254 pages
SIZE 203mm x 127mm (8” x 5”) 

ISBN 9781915023490
GENRES Family relations, Marital relations, Teenagers, Upbrings, Nazi Austria

RRP £12.99
PUBLICATION DATE 26 September 2024 


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