search.noResults

search.searching

dataCollection.invalidEmail
note.createNoteMessage

search.noResults

search.searching

orderForm.title

orderForm.productCode
orderForm.description
orderForm.quantity
orderForm.itemPrice
orderForm.price
orderForm.totalPrice
orderForm.deliveryDetails.billingAddress
orderForm.deliveryDetails.deliveryAddress
orderForm.noItems
Windows into illustration: Britta Teckentrup


Britta Teckentrup’s career as a children’s book illustrator started at her St Martin’s School of Art degree show when she was approached by a publisher and asked to illustrate a children’s book. This was back in 1994 when Britta’s intention was to become a fine artist. She did a Masters at the Royal College of Art and for many years saw her books and her fine art as two separate areas of her life. She still continues with both and following publication of books including Under the Same Sky, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, is recognised as one of our leading picture book illustrators. Here she describes illustrating The House by the Lake, a picture-book adaptation of Thomas Harding’s Costa-shortlisted biography.


When my agent showed me Thomas Harding’s text for The House by the Lake in the summer of 2018, I just knew that I had to illustrate it.


In his book Thomas tells the remarkable true story of a little wooden summer house built on the shores of a lake on the outskirts of Berlin throughout the course of a century. The house played host to a loving Jewish family, a renowned Nazi composer, wartime refugees and a Stasi informant; in that time, a world war came and went, and the Berlin Wall was built through the garden of the house. The ‘loving Jewish family’ was Thomas Harding’s great-grandfather and his family who had built the house nearly a hundred years ago.


When the Nazis rose to power the family had to flee Germany and abandon the house. Thomas Harding first visited the house with his Grandmother Elsie; the house had been her soul place where she had spent many joyous, happy years when she was young. When Thomas returned to Berlin in 2013 and found the house abandoned and derelict, he felt that he had to do something to bring it back to what it once was and started to piece together the extraordinary stories of the four different families who had lived in the house.


6 Books for Keeps No.244 September 2020


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34