The Hiding Game

Naomi Wood

2021 Nominee

HWA Endeavour Ink Gold Crown

04 February 2021
352 pages


The Hiding Game is an intoxicating story of love and betrayal, set in the Bauhaus art school. Heady, gripping and unforgettable, Naomi Wood's third novel explores the perils of secrecy in a changing and increasingly dangerous world.

In Roaring Twenties Germany, Paul, Charlotte and Walter meet at the Bauhaus art school. The trio form a close-knit group, in which passions and rivalries collide. But when Walter is betrayed, he makes a terrible mistake – a secret he will keep from Paul and Charlotte for as long as he can.

As political tensions escalate and the Nazis gain power, Walter’s secret – hidden in notebooks, paintings and blueprints – ultimately threatens the very lives of his friends, with devastating consequences.

Shortlisted for The Historical Writers' Association Gold Crown Award.
Longlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

The Hiding Game is a brilliant, fascinating novel - a gripping story, skilfully told
A suspenseful story of obsession against the tense political backdrop of Germany’s Bauhaus art school
Atmospheric and compelling . . . A haunting read