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.
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.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
'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
Publication date: 31/07/2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||31st July 2014|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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 GibbsMore About Rhidian Brook