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The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

The Aftermath

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One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014.

One of our Books of the Year 2014.

September 2014 Book of the Month.

World War II is an all too written about period of history but Brook manages to find a fresh take in this exquisite novel. It’s 1946 and there’s an uneasy tension in Hamburg between the occupying forces, hunting war criminals and party members and the defeated, broken German people, desperate to put what happened behind them. Guilt, animosity, resentment and passions bubble on both sides in this stylish, engaging, exciting story.

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Reader Reviews

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  • Sue Broom - 'Truly beautiful writing, perceptive interaction and dialogue between the characters, thought-provoking subject matter - this novel has it all.  Highly recommended.' Read full review >
  • Glynis Elliott - 'When first offered the chance to review The Aftermath I thought the concept seemed to be an interesting one.  I was wrong.  It wasn't just interesting it was incandescent.' Read full review >
  • Ruth Paterson - 'The Aftermath is a thought provoking, sensitively written novel.  It is set just after WW2 in occupied Germany.  It has a good balance between fact and fiction. I really enjoyed reading it.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Musk - 'An extremely well-written book about post-war Hamburg.  At first disturbing and depressing but ultimately uplifting and hopeful for the future.' Read full review >
  • Lynda DeFreitas - 'This book opened my eyes...This immensely readable story has tension, passion, suffering, grief, enmity and forgiveness and I recommend it to you.' Read full review >
  • Jane Brown - 'The author pulls from his grandfather’s experience to bring this great story to the reader...Well recommended book this summer, and bound to be in the top ten best sellers.' Read full review >
  • Diane Hinchley - 'Great novel.  One I wouldn't have normally chosen but found it very interesting...Great read and would recommend you to buy.' Read full review >
  • Maz Tucker - 'Really interesting book about a time you don't hear much about, this book has the power to make you smile and make you think. Great read.' Read full review >
  • Kim Kirrage - 'It was a touching story and I didn't want to put it down.' Read full review >
  • Val Rowe - 'A well-paced, intriguing, yet readable, novel which kept me on the edge of my seat and enabled me to visit a world which I had never encountered before.' Read full review >
  • Linda Hill - 'A book that disturbs and entertains in equal measure, The Aftermath is a novel to be taken seriously.' Read full review >
  • Clair Chaytors - 'An interesting take on an almost forgotten period of history...' Read full review >
  • Doreen McKeown - 'I've read many accounts of life in Britain in the aftermath of the war, but very few which conveyed the horrors suffered by the civilian population in Germany, and this book painted that particular picture with horrible clarity.'  Read full review >
  • Judith Smith - 'A very moving book, full of hope against a background of suffering...A compelling book bringing alive things you never knew - a must read for everyone!' Read full review >
  • Kath Martin - 'I found the characters so well portrayed and the story unfolding so beautifully that I was immediately hooked...I found it very moving.  Please read it.' Read full review >
  • Diana Stray - ' I am glad I read it as I did get an appreciation of what life after the war was like but I can't say I enjoyed it.' Read full review >

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The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

In the bitter winter of 1946, Rachael Morgan arrives with her only remaining son Edmund in the ruins of Hamburg. Here she is reunited with her husband Lewis, a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an extraordinary decision: they will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.


'Superb. This masterly novel wrings every drop of feeling out of a gripping human situation' -- Mail on Sunday, Novel of the Week

'Excellent, original, masterly. A captivating tale not only of love among the ruins but also of treachery and vengeance' -- Literary Review

'Profoundly moving, beautifully written' -- Independent

'Superb. Conjuring surprise after surprise' -- Guardian

'An extraordinary read' -- Daily Mail

About the Author

Rhidian Brook

Rhidian Brook is an award-winning writer of fiction, television drama and film. His first novel, The Testimony of Taliesin Jones, won several prizes including the Somerset Maugham Award. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including the Paris Review, New Statesman and Time Out, and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He is also a regular contributor to 'Thought For The Day' on the Today programme.

Author photo © Nikki Gibbs

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31st July 2014


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Penguin Books Ltd


336 pages


Family Drama
Books of the Month
Thriller / Suspense
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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