His Name Is David

His Name Is David

By Jan Vantoortelboom

Flanders, 1914. David, a young Belgian schoolteacher, stands before the firing squad, sentenced to death as a deserter. Days earlier, he was teaching his fellow soldiers in the trenches to read and write, dreaming of a forbidden love back in Elverdinge, the Flemish village where he had worked as a teacher—and where, despite family tragedy, squalid surroundings, the rigid mindsets of the villagers and the malign influence of the Catholic Church, David had tried to create something beautiful. But when…
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Flanders, 1914. David, a young Belgian schoolteacher, stands before the firing squad, sentenced to death as a deserter. Days earlier, he was teaching his fellow soldiers in the trenches to read and write, dreaming of a forbidden love back in Elverdinge, the Flemish village where he had worked as a teacher—and where, despite family tragedy, squalid surroundings, the rigid mindsets of the villagers and the malign influence of the Catholic Church, David had tried to create something beautiful. But when he befriended a sensitive young pupil, Marcus Verschoppen, disaster followed.

‘A book to be unashamedly excited about.’— NRC Handelsblad****

Jan Vantoortelboom

Jan Vantoortelboom teaches English at The University of Applied Sciences in Vlissingen and lives with his family in rural Zeeland, the Netherlands. His Name Is David was a Dutch-language bestseller and is Jan Vantoortelboom’s second novel.