The Hiding Game

The Hiding Game

In 1922, Paul Beckermann arrives at the Bauhaus art school and is immediately seduced by both the charismatic teaching and his fellow students. Eccentric and alluring, the more time Paul spends with his new friends the closer they become, and the deeper he falls in love with the mesmerising Charlotte. But Paul is not the only one vying for her affections, and soon an insidious rivalry takes root.

As political tensions escalate in Germany, the Bauhaus finds itself under threat, and the group begins to disintegrate under the pressure of its own betrayals and love affairs. Decades later, in the wake of an unthinkable tragedy, Paul is haunted by a secret. When an old friend from the Bauhaus resurfaces, he must finally break his silence.

From the author of the award-winning Mrs Hemingway, Naomi Wood's The Hiding Game is a beautifully written, powerful and suspenseful novel about the dangerously fine line between love and obsession, set against the most turbulent era of our recent past.

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  • Paromjit

    Naomi Wood's novel is a blend of fact and fiction, unsettling and disturbing historical fiction informed by art, specifically the influential Bauhaus art movement in Germany that began post WW1, with ...

  • Emma

    While this is framed as some kind of suspenseful interrogation into a dark personal past, the secret that 'haunts' our narrator, Paul Beckermann, is nothing more than a reflection of his self-serving ...

  • Susan

    Set mostly in pre-war Germany, this historical novel, is set at the famous, Bauhaus art school. As such, it has appeal in terms of both the setting and the story. It begins with six friends, together ...

  • Dannii Elle

    This is an academic love affair set in the tense political climate of 1920s Germany and written in the vein of The Secret History and If We Were Villains. The isolated setting, academic focus, and cre...

  • Rebecca

    (3.75) Cross The Secret History with The Age of Light and you’ll get an idea of what this is like. Set mostly in Germany in the 1920s–30s, it’s about a group of six friends who meet at the Bauha...

  • Britta Bhler

    2.5* roundedup because I really liked the parts about art/Bauhaus....

  • Tripfiction

    Novel set primarily in Germany (Weimar, Dessau, Berlin)1920s Weimar. An era of avant-garde art. Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky are in the city where previous great writers, thinkers and philosophers ...

  • Val Robson

    I thought this was going to be a psychological thriller based on some historical events around the Bauhaus art school which was based in cities in the east Germany in the 20s and 30s. I found it not s...

  • Theediscerning

    A little disappointing, this. Six students at the legendary Bauhaus modern art school act as guides to the heady times they had as students there, when it moved first from the title city of the Weimar...

  • Ben

    This is a mesmerising book. Anyone who loved Mrs Hemingway, Naomi Wood’s previous novel, will recognise the elegance with which she captures a place and a time, and her gift for setting relationship...