Josef Holub was born in Neuern, Bohemia, and lived through the Second World War in his early teens. By his own account, he has earned his living as a smuggler, a mason, a mail carrier, a postal administrator, and a village mayor. He published his first book, a memoir of his own war years, in 1997, when he was sixty-seven. Since then, he has published six more books and has won many awards, including the Peter Hartling Prize for Children's Literature, and the prestigious Zurich Children's Book Prize.
Books by Josef Holub:
Innocent Soldier, An