Two young oarsmen are trained as a coxless pair by a mysterious German coach in the Golden Summer of pre-war Amsterdam.
Through the pressure and rapture of physical exertion, teamwork and victory, Anton the shy outsider and calmly self-confident David forge an intense relationship.
But on the wintery eve of Holland's liberation, Anton stands on the bank of his beloved river and mourns a lost world.
David has disappeared during the Nazi occupation and the boathouse is now derelict and deserted.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 144 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 14/01/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571209248