Bernstein had written 40 other books, but destroyed most of the manuscripts after they were rejected by publishers. The one for The Invisible Wall – shorn of any outline, summary or synopsis – languished in the London office of Random House for a full year before an editor, Kate Elton, finally picked it up, read it and declared it "unputdownable".
Harry Bernstein, 96 - Author
Harry Bernstein, who died on June 3 aged 101, caused a literary stir when, aged 96, he published a remarkable memoir of a childhood blighted by squalor, abuse and anti-Semitism in the slums of Stockport during and after the First World War. The book, "The Invisible Wall," he wrote to cope with loneliness after his wife died.