Jenny Lecoat

Jenny Lecoat is a screenwriter and novelist. A former stand-up comic, presenter, actor and feature writer for newspapers and magazines, she has spent thirty years writing for a range of formats including feature film, television drama, sitcoms and sketch shows, including consultancy work. Her debut, The Girl from the Channel Islands, was inspired by her own family’s history of Jersey during the Occupation and was a New York Times bestseller. She is married to writer Gary Lawson and lives in East Sussex.

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Jenny’s books

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In the immediate aftermath of the liberation of Jersey in June 1945 a different kind of war is unleashed – a war amongst the islanders themselves.

Jean Parris was a child when her adored father was taken away by the Nazis; now the Occupation is finally over, Jean and her mother wait anxiously for news. Since his arrest Jean has grown into a young woman and is starting to question everything around her as she begins to uncover the truth and lies of her own family. Increasingly isolated she has to keep her dangerous relationship with a young German prisoner the biggest secret of all.

The Girl from the Channel Islands

Jenny Lecoat’s debut, The Girl From The Channel Islands was first published in the UK under the title Hedy’s War. The book is based on the true story of Hedy Bercu, a young Jewish girl who fled to Jersey from Vienna to escape the Nazis, only to find herself once more trapped when the Germans invaded in 1940. The story of her struggle to survive the five year Occupation, involving a relationship with a German officer and eighteen months hidden away in the home of local woman Dorothea Le Brocq, is an extraordinary tale of terror, courage and forbidden love. The novel was re-published in the UK by Polygon in July 2022 following international success. It made both the New York Times and Der Spiegel bestseller lists in 2021, and is now published in thirteen territories: UK (Polygon), USA & Canada (HarperCollins), Australia (Allen & Unwin), Argentina (El Ateneo), France (Mercure de France), Germany (Bastei Lubbi), Sweden (Historiska Media), Norway (Aschehoug), Poland (Proszynski), Israel (Modan), Portugal (Porto), Czech Republic (Moba), Romania (Prestige).