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About the book
Child Soldier is an epic about two illustrious Dutch families living on the border with Germany. Against the backdrop of wars and major social changes, they cling to the old world order. The story begins in 1888 at the family castle Metternich, with its Dutch and Prussian gates. The twins Nol and Max are there and spend their childhood with Nora, the girl from down the road. At the outbreak of the First World War, the 18-year-old brothers leave the castle through different gates, landing themselves on the opposite sides of history. The consequences of their choices will determine the fates of the generations to come.
When Nora’s rebellious daughter Elsie – traumatised by her parents’ unhappy marriage and family secrets – meets a Dutch prince on a ski holiday in the 1950s, their love seems as impossible as it does necessary.