The Hiding Game is an intoxicating story of love and betrayal, set in the Bauhaus art school. Heady, gripping and unforgettable, Naomi Wood's third novel explores the perils of secrecy in a changing and increasingly dangerous world.
In Roaring Twenties Germany, Paul, Charlotte and Walter meet at the Bauhaus art school. The trio form a close-knit group, in which passions and rivalries collide. But when Walter is betrayed, he makes a terrible mistake
- a secret he will keep from Paul and Charlottefor as long as he can.
As political tensions escalate and the Nazis gain power, Walter's secret - hidden in notebooks, paintings and blueprints - ultimately threatens the very lives of his friends, with devastating consequences.
Shortlisted for The Historical Writers' Association Gold Crown Award.
Longlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
Naomi Wood is the bestselling author of The Godless Boys and the award-winning Mrs. Hemingway, which won the British Library Writer's Award and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award. It was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. Her work is available in sixteen languages. She teaches at the University of East Anglia and lives in Norwich with her family. The Hiding Game is her third novel; it was shortlisted for the Historical Writers' Association Gold Crown Award and longlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
The Hiding Game is a brilliant, fascinating novel - a gripping story, skilfully told
Sara Baume, author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither
A suspenseful story of obsession against the tense political backdrop of Germany's Bauhaus art school
Sunday Times Style - Francesca Angelini
Atmospheric and compelling . . . A haunting read
Caroline Lea, author of The Glass Woman
I was seduced and fascinated by the hedonism, the creative and romantic rivalries and conflicted loyalties in this tangle of flawed and beautiful people
Isabel Costello, The Literary Sofa
With great conviction, Wood summons up the intensity of the students' camaraderie and the forces that destroy it
The Sunday Times - Nick Rennison
Wood can recreate a time and place with all its glamour and grit . . . art and ideas have never felt more thrilling
Grazia - Alexandra Heminsley
A fantastic novel, so beautiful and sad . . . Immersive, elegant and affecting, Wood's prose, as always, delights the senses
Megan Bradbury, author of Everyone is Watching
A love story set in the Bauhaus art school during Germany's turbulent 1920s? Be still, my pounding heart!
Red, 'The only summer reads you need' - Sarra Manning
Set against the political upheaval of 1930s Germany, The Hiding Game is a dazzling tale of artistic ambition and romantic desire, of the choices we make in youth and the price we pay for them as we grow older. Beautifully written, vividly realized, it will remain seared in my imagination for years to come
Ellen Feldman, author of Next to Love
Tense and absorbing, this is a book that you'll want to dive into and hungrily read to the last word
An engaging tale filled with jealousies and rivalries turns into a dark, compelling drama about betrayal, revenge and the cost of loving too much . . . Like Donna Tartt's The Secret History, Wood's novel starts out as a chronicle of a death foretold . . . emotionally charged and morally complex
Wood effortlessly evokes the atmosphere at the Bauhaus . . . The Hiding Game is a carefully and intricately woven novel of love, deceit and creativity
A devastating secret haunts Naomi Wood's third novel . . . Fans of Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life will be carried away by the similarly fraught friendships and loving betrayals in Wood's book
In The Hiding Game, the reader is lured expertly into the atmosphere and eccentricities of a group of Bauhaus students whose loves and loyalties are tested within their odd, exciting environment. This is a novel of curious, arresting detail and sharp emotions, a coming of age story like no other. Layered and intricate, it's another triumph from the lively mind of Naomi Wood
Nuala O'Connor, author of Becoming Belle
A novel of delicate menace, in which the gathering weight of personal struggle becomes insidiously roped to the political upheaval of 1930s Germany and its rising fascist forces
Ross Raisin, author of God's Own Country