Imogen Matthews is the award-winning author of The Hidden Village, a historical novel set in wartime Holland. The sequel is due for publication in early 2019.
Before writing The Hidden Village, Imogen published two romantic fiction novels under her pen name, Alex Johnson.
Imogen was born in Rijswijk, Holland, to a Dutch mother and English father who moved the family to England when Imogen was very young. All her life, she listened to her mother’s stories about her life in Holland, in particular the hardships she faced during the Hunger Winter in 1944-45. A true raconteur, her mother often recounted her adventures and near scrapes with the Germans, describing her wartime experiences as one of the most exciting of her life.
It wasn’t until 2011 that Imogen had the germ of an idea that became The Hidden Village. It was on one of her frequent family holidays spent in Nunspeet on the edge of the Veluwe woods that she discovered the actual place where a village of underground huts had been built to shelter Jews during the war. The extraordinary events that took place at this spot, together with her mother’s vivid stories, inspired Imogen to write her novel.
Learn about Imogen's story in this video: https://youtu.be/2YO0IWJSjj0
In 2018, The Hidden Village won the Readers’ Favorite Award for best YA Adventure novel.