Faraway Home

Marilyn Taylor's debut historical fiction novel 'Faraway Home' tells the story of young Kindertransport refugees sent to a farm in Millisle, Co. Down.

Marilyn Taylor's 'Faraway Home' is a historical fiction novel set during World War Two. Based on true events, the moving tale takes place in Vienna, Dublin, and Northern Ireland. The story begins when Karl and his sister Rosa escape Nazi persecution in occupied Vienna and make their way to Ulster.

Karl and Rosa arrive at a remote farm in Millisle, Co. Down with other Jewish Kindertransport refugees. The children struggle at first to settle into their new life but they soon make friends. Local children and Jewish refugees come through wartime in Northern Ireland together.

‘Faraway Home’ by Marilyn Taylor won the Bisto Book of Year Award 2000. Blue Peter included it in a shortlist for their Annual Book Awards 2001. The book also made it onto the 2000 list of Notable Children’s Books of Jewish Content: The Best of Bunch.

As part of Mid and East Antrim’s commemorations of Holocaust Memorial Day in 2016, local schools received copies of the book from the author.