Ben's second novel The Other Hoffmann Sister is published in paperback today. The novel opens in 1902 as Ingrid Hoffmann's family move her and her sister Margarete to German Southwest Africa. In the face of casual racism, tensions with local tribes and the family's strange relationship with the aristocratic von Ketzes, Ingrid worries increasingly for her sister's declining mental health, until a shocking murder forces the family back to Germany. There, Margarete's health improves and she becomes engaged to Emil, the new Baron von Ketz. But on her wedding day on the eve of the First World War, Margarete disappears. After the war, in the midst of revolution, Ingrid returns to the von Ketzes' crumbling estate determined to find out what really happened to her sister.
You can order The Other Hoffmann Sister in paperback now from your local bookstore, or online from Foyle's, Waterstones, Amazon, WHSmith and many other retailers.
"An engrossing exploration of the ways that secrecy, racism and snobbery take their toll on its finely realised characters." (The Sunday Times)
"A richly accomplished work with a fascinating central character." (The Independent)
"A fascinating look at racism and snobbery. Broken postwar Germany is superbly drawn and events in Africa are eye-openingly horrific." (The Times)