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With the help of his family and the local community he restored the house to its former glory and it is now a centre of reconciliation and education.


I am very grateful that I was asked to illustrate the book. It does mean a lot to me being German...


I live in Berlin and in the late summer of 2018 Thomas and I visited the lake house together. It was just in the process of being restored and it was very hard for me to imagine what it had once looked like. But Thomas filled the empty rooms with stories and the house became alive. Images started to form in my head. I never saw the fully renovated house until I had actually finished illustrating the book and had to rely heavily on Thomas Harding’s archive films and images and the photographs I took on that day.


The story is told from the perspective of the house and I began illustrating the house from every angle ... trying to understand the many changes it had been through over the course of a century.


I also wanted to preserve the memory of the people that lived in the house by staying as close to the archive photographs as possible.


Thomas Harding’s text beautifully combines lightness and dark, the beautiful and the harrowing the house has lived through and I tried to reflect that in my artwork.


The House by the Lake: The Story of a Home and a Hundred Years of History by Thomas Harding illustrated by Britta Teckentrup is published by Walker Studio, 978-1406385557, £12.99 hbk


“What you leave behind Won’t leave your mind. But home is where you find it. Home is where you find it.”


A personal and uniquely affecting collection of poems on migration and displacement by two former Children’s Laureates.


Publishing with Walker Books on October 1st


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