The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton

The Last Train to London

The New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Exiles conjures her best novel yet, a pre-World War II-era story with the emotional resonance of Orphan Train and All the Light We Cannot See, centering on the Kindertransports that carried thousands of children out of Nazi-occupied Europe—and one brave woman who helped them escape to safety.In 1936, the Nazi are little more than loud, brutish bores to fifteen-year old Stephan Neuman, the son o...

Details The Last Train to London

TitleThe Last Train to London
Release DateSep 10th, 2019
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews The Last Train to London

  • Paige
    This novel is based on the organization and implementation of the real Vienna Kindertransport that was led by Geertruida Wijsmuller. This fictional story occurs prior to 1940, and primarily happens during 1938. We see a Dutch couple, Truus (Geertruida) and her husband Joop Wijsmuller, who are childless. Truus is a brave and outspoken woman who risks her life countless time to seek refuge for helpless children. We also see the rich Jewish family...
  • Bkwmlee
    3.5 stars rounded up to 4 starsAs another worthy entry into the canon of World War II related historical fiction, this book focuses on the famous Kindertransport system that helped to transport thousands of children out of various parts of Europe during the Nazi occupation of the region in the late 1930s, immediately prior to the official start of the war. In particular, the story focuses on the efforts of Truus Wijsmuller, a brave Dutchwoman who...
  • Meg Clayton
    I'm thrilled to have The Last Train to London: A Novel, my new novel based on the true story of the Vienna Kindertransports and the heroic woman who led the rescues, now in readers' hands! In its first week out, it is a Canadian National bestseller and a Northern California bestseller. Some of the praise:"An absolutely fascinating, beautifully rendered story of love, loss, and heroism." - Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale and The Great Al...
  • Sue
    I've read many World War II books and it always amazes me when I am able to learn about someone who was a hero during this time but forgotten over time. Truus Wijsmuller, a member of the Dutch resistance, was a real hero. Through her determination and bravery, she was able to bring over ten thousand children from the German occupied areas of Europe to safety in England. She died in 1978 at 82 years of age.The book begins in 1936. Germany has gott...
  • Dennis
    I really enjoy reading historical fiction lately and I feel as if the genre has blown-up in 2019. If you loved The Lost Girls of Paris or The Huntress, I would definitely recommend that you consider reading Meg Waite Clayton's The Last Train to London . Based on the true story of Truus Wijsmuller (aka Tante Truus), a member of the Dutch resistance, and her struggle to save innocent Jewish refugee children throughout Europe during the height of t...
  • Zoe
    Haunting, heartwrenching, and heroic!The Last Train to London is a compelling, emotional interpretation of the life of Geertruida Wijsmuller, a Dutch Christian who as part of the Kindertransport rescue efforts helped transport close to 10,000 predominantly Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied European cities to the UK for safety just prior to the breakout of WWII.The prose is tense and expressive. The characters are vulnerable, innocent, and cour...
  • Laura
    So, now that I have finally been able to pull myself together and stop my incessant weeping (3 hours after finishing it) I will attempt to put the power of this novel into words (which is an impossible task). What an absolute beautiful, gut-wrenching, read this was. Everyone should read this book. It’s based on the real Vienna Kindertransport system that was set up in the pre-WWII years to get children—most of which were Jewish, but also kids...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    I'm here to help you were the words the children longed to hear and words they trusted belonged to Tante Truus who is an actual woman named Truus Wijsmuller-Meijer.THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON focuses on saving Jewish children by this woman who is said to have saved 10,000 children.We meet many characters that are frightened because of what is going on in Germany and the rest of Europe as well as meeting the frightened children.The reader sees what i...
  • Yangsze Choo
    Sometimes a novel comes along that feels both rooted in history, yet timelessly pertinent. The Last Train to London is a brilliant and chilling reminder of history’s lessons, told urgently and sympathetically from the viewpoint of the children desperate to flee Hitler's regime, and the women willing to risk all to save them. Meg Waite Clayton's unflinching, evocative prose brings the entwined destinies of Stephan, Žofie-Helene, and Truus to li...
  • DeAnn
    4 WWII Kindertransport starsAnother stellar entry into the world of historical fiction set during WWII. This time mostly in Austria. This book provided a fascinating look into the world of Vienna shortly before the Anschluss and then through the war. There were the things you would expect from most books set during this time – terrible treatment of Jews, Kristallnacht, oppression, and brazen racism. The difference in this book is the focus on J...
  • Davida Chazan
    4.75/5 to be precise! Author Meg Waite Clayton’s newest novel is a biographical, historical, women’s fiction novel about Geertruida Wijsmuller, aka “Tante Truus” who was instrumental in getting thousands of children out of Nazi Germany via the Kindertansport. This powerful and important novel was just released and I hope you’ll read my #bookreview of it on my blog now.
  • Marilyn
    I was lucky enough to have won an ARC of The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton in a goodreads give away. The cover intrigued me as soon as I received my copy and as soon as I began reading it I was hooked. This was a book that made a lasting impression on me. Meg Waite Clayton's research for this book was impressive. As many books as I have read about the Holocaust and World War II I marvel at how many brave human beings I did not know ab...
  • Tammy
    I may be approaching WWII historical burnout. There is no doubt that Truus Wijsmuller was a heroine of WWII. She, as part of the Dutch resistance, saved thousands of Jewish children from certain death as part of the Kindertransport. The story is told from the perspectives of Wisjmuller, a fifteen year old Jewish boy and his best friend, a Christian girl, as the Nazis come into power. Read this if you want to know more about a courageous women who...
  • Therese Fowler
    "The Last Train to London is a rare thing: intellectually provocative and emotionally moving in equal measure. What a fine tribute to the victims and survivors of the Nazis' early terrors, and to the woman who at great personal risk and sacrifice subverted Hitler's will. Everyone should read this timely, gorgeous book."
  • Amy
    Every once in a while, a character in a book touches my soul and inspires me to be a better person. Truss Wijsmuller was such a person. A Dutch woman, she helped to transport over ten thousand German and Austrian children, most of whom were Jewish, to safety in England or other European refuges. I've read about the "Kindersport" as it was known, and one of my friend's grandmother's was one such lucky child who made it to London. I was amazed by t...
  • Tracy Guzeman
    A novel that feels timely in its portrayal of the best and worst of humanity, from astonishing bravery to chilling complicity, The Last Train to London transports the reader first to pre-World War II Vienna in the years before the Anschluss, and then after, when the city becomes a prison for its Jewish residents desperate to escape. It is gritty, beautiful, and impossible to put down.
  • Lisa Vegan
    Between the time I’d shelved it and reserved it at the library and picking it up from the library, I’d forgotten than this was a historical fiction novel and not a non-fiction book. I had two others borrowed from the library novels at home with more expected soon. But this looked good enough to start. This definitely read like a novel and at the start had me realizing how much I was in the mood for non-fiction, but to its credit I ended up lo...
  • Ellen
    Beautifully written historical fiction novel taking place in the 1930’s in Austria. Stephan is from a family of successful chocolatiers. As the Nazis took over Austria, Stephan’s family loses everything; because they are Jews, they are given few choices. Zofie-Helene, Stephan’s friend, is also in danger as her mother is a journalist revealing the truth about Eichmann and his henchmen. A truly emotional story, brought to life through brave a...
  • Guylou
    This is one of the most moving historical novels I have ever read. This book is based on the life of Geertruida Wijsmuller-Meijer (a.k.a. Tante Truus), an Austrian woman who stood for justice and risked her own life to rescue hundreds of Jewish children during WWII. She was a true hero.The story follows two Austrian children. Stephan Neuman wants to be a play-writer when he grows up. Zofie-Helene Perger wants to be a mathematician when she grows ...
  • Bren McClain
    In the best of books, a character makes me want to be better than I am. This is exactly how Meg Waite Clayton's heroine, Truus Wijsmuller, affected me. Through her unbridled bravery, she rescued over ten thousand children from German oppression, brought them to safety in England. But this book goes further in its value for me. Although set in the 1930s, this story has immense relevance and lessons for today. Well-researched. Brilliantly written. ...
  • Rebecca
    In Austria pre-World War II, a 16 year old Jewish boy, Stephan, is expected to someday take over his father's thriving chocolate business but instead longs to be a playwright. He also has a huge crush on 15 year old Žofie-Helene, a Christian girl who is the daughter of an outspoken, female newspaper editor. When the Nazis invade, both families find themselves in a perilous position. Meanwhile, a courageous Dutchwoman named Truus Wijsmuller, has ...
  • Shelly Rena
    While this historical fiction is about a little known Kindertransport from Vienna before World War II, it was a very slow read. There were no real villains or climax. I was about to give up many times because of the slowness of the plot line. The author also assumes you know all these names from history which I did not. This was my first Meg Waite Clayton book, and not sure I will read others from her.
  • Lynda
    I'm so grateful to have won an advance copy of this novel, and will surely be loaning it to my friends to read as well. As other reviewers have written, there are a lot of WWII and Holocaust novels being published in the last year or so, but I feel that this is one of the best and most important, both in story telling and as a reminder to the world that the children MUST be cared for and protected and above all, loved, for without them, there is ...
  • Kari
    A heart-pounding, tear-producing, thought-provoking, heart-breaking page-turner that will leave you asking "what would you have done"? Meg Waite Clayton's story of pre-World War II's Kindertransports will change the way you look at today's refugees and make you wonder if as Americans we could, and should, do better.
  • Nancy Rankin
    I am a believer that those who do not know about the past are doomed to repeat it and Meg Waite Clayton has written an excellent book that beautifully and passionately reminds us of the Nazi atrocities that occurred before many of us were born. I was vaguely aware of the work to move children to safer locations but did not know about Truus Wijsmuller and the Kindertransports. It took me a little while to get the characters straight but after that...
  • Miss W Book Reviews
    I love Historical Fiction, especially WWII ERA. This novel is one of the best historical fiction pieces I have read. The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton is based on the true story of Truus Wijsmulle who affected change by helping smuggle thousands of Jewish children from Germany and Austria in WWII. The research that went into this novel is very apparent to this reader. The characters that were crafted were complex and complicated yet i...
  • Gary Parkes
    A wonderful and engaging read that is well researched and thoughtfully written. Excellent character development and plotting round out the greatness of this historical fiction read. The author grabs you and doesn't let go and even got me to shed a few tears. Highly recommend.
  • Susan Peterson
    The Last Train to London is compelling historical fiction, an extraordinary story of sacrifice and bravery. Set in Vienna in the late 1930’s, the author has given us a detailed and compassionate look into the plight of Austria and its Jewish population, through the Anschluss, Kristallnacht, and a Vienna which quickly changed from an elegant city to one of hate and terror. The novel is centered around the Kindertransport which saved the lives of...
  • Jean
    One of the most important novels of the Holocaust I have read. The last 100 pages were a runaway train, for sure. Compelling and brilliant.
  • Betty Hutchinson
    Wow, what a book! This book is one that I won in a giveaway and I am thankful for being blessed to own it.The story is based on true events surrounding the Kindertransport which brought thousands of children, mostly Jewish, out of Europe when Germany began taking over just before WWII began. The story is mainly set in Vienna, centering around two families, the Neumans and Pergers, and a woman, Truus Wijsmuller-Meijer and her husband Joop who live...