Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key

Book rating: 04 Paperback John Murray

By (author) Tatiana De Rosnay

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  • Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 26mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0719524520
  • ISBN 13: 9780719524523
  • Sales rank: 423

Product description

Released in 2010 as a major motion picture starring Kristin Scott Thomas. Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old Jewish girl, is arrested by the French police in the middle of the night, along with her mother and father. Desperate to protect her younger brother, she locks him in a cupboard and promises to come back for him as soon as she can. Paris, May 2002: Julia Jarmond, an American journalist, is asked to write about the 60th anniversary of the Vel' d'Hiv'--the infamous day in 1942 when French police rounded up thousands of Jewish men, women and children, in order to send them to concentration camps. Sarah's Key is the poignant story of two families, forever linked and haunted by one of the darkest days in France's past. In this emotionally intense, page-turning novel, Tatiana de Rosnay reveals the guilt brought on by long-buried secrets and the damage that the truth can inflict when they finally come unravelled.

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Author information

Tatiana de Rosnay was born in the suburbs of Paris. She is of English, French and Russian descent and was raised in Paris and Boston. She has worked as Paris Editor for Vanity Fair, and currently writes for French ELLE and Psychologies Magazine. Since 1992, Tatiana has published eight novels in French. Sarah's Key is her first novel written in her mother tongue, English, and it has already been translated into 20 languages. She is married with two children and lives in Paris. Readers can contact Tatiana de Rosnay by email at Her blog appears at and the 'Sarah's Key Blog' is at:

Customer reviews

By Kirby Bissett 06 Jun 2012 4

I absolutely loved this book. I was looking for some new books, and came across this as I scrolled through the bestsellers list. I could not put it down once i started reading it. It had me from the beginning, right through to the very end. Very sad, but wonderfully written.

By Paraskevi Papadaki 03 Apr 2012 4

sarah's key, shows the strength of a promise and the endurance of brotherly love.

By Lyndal Gorey 21 Jan 2012 5

Without a doubt, the best read I had in 2011. It was beautifully written.

By Terasa Fabrizio 10 Jan 2012 5

Very sad but fantastic

By Luda 21 Nov 2011 5

Great book. I couldn't put it down.
What a sad story, makes us realise how lucky we are.

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'Sarah's trials are so riveting, her innocence so absorbing, the book is hard to put down.' (Starred review) Publishers' Weekly Masterly and compelling, it is not something that readers will quickly forget. Highly recommended. Library Journal 'Sarah's trials are so riveting, her innocence so absorbing, the book is hard to put down.' (Starred review) Publishers' Weekly 'A gripping story of loss, family secrets and silence' Warwickshire Telegraph