This novel traces the relationship between a German lawyer, Michael and an older woman, Hanna. Beginning with their brief affair in post-war Germany, the book goes on to Michael's discovery that Hanna had been a guard attached to a satellite camp at Auschwitz, a crime for which she is imprisoned.
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany in 1944. A professor of law at the University of Berlin and a practising judge, he is the author of the major international best-selling novel The Reader as well as several prize-winning crime novels. He lives in Bonn and Berlin.
Short-listed for Heathrow Travel Product Award: Travel Read, Fiction 2009.