Gerda Charles

Gerda Charles was the pen name of Edna Lipson, a British author born on March 29, 1914, in Liverpool, England. She was known for her work in fiction and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for her novel 'A Slanting Light' in 1963. Her writing often explored themes of Jewish identity and existentialist thought. Gerda Charles passed away on October 18, 1996.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. The Destiny Waltz

    "The Destiny Waltz" is a novel that tells the story of a homosexual Jewish man living in London and his struggle to reconcile his identity with societal expectations. The protagonist's journey is marked by his relationships with several women, his efforts to navigate the world of academia, and his struggle with his own desires. The story is a poignant exploration of identity, love, and the often painful process of self-discovery.

  2. 2. A Slanting Light

    "A Slanting Light" by Gerda Charles is a poignant and beautifully written novel that follows the life of a young woman named Alice as she navigates through the complexities of love, loss, and self-discovery. Set in post-World War II England, the story unfolds through Alice's introspective narrative, as she grapples with her own desires and societal expectations. With vivid descriptions and a compelling cast of characters, the book explores themes of identity, family secrets, and the power of forgiveness, ultimately leaving readers with a profound sense of hope and resilience.