Nominated by:

Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli, Italy

Publisher of nominated edition:

Mantle, UK


C. J. Sansom      

2014 Longlist

1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk. As the long German war against Russia rages on in the east, the British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule: the press, radio and television are controlled; the streets patrolled by violent auxiliary police and British Jews face ever greater constraints. There are terrible rumours too about what is happening in the basement of the German Embassy at Senate House. Defiance, though, is growing. In Britain, Winston Churchill’s Resistance organization is increasingly a thorn in the government’s side. And in a Birmingham mental hospital an incarcerated scientist, Frank Muncaster, may hold a secret that could change the balance of the world struggle for ever.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a Ph.D. in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer. Sansom is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Shardlake series, and the Spanish Civil War thriller Winter in Madrid. He lives in Sussex.

Librarian’s Comments

A historical novel set in a scary parallel world where the Germans have won the war and dominate European and English politics. A group of Resistance people try a “mission impossible”. A fascinating sequel to The Man in the High Castle by P.K. Dick, taking place this side of the Atlantic, the novel has both historical truth, (an old but still charismatic Winston Churchill) and psychological and social implications that should make people think how vital a fragile democracy is.

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