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by William Nicholson

eBooks of the Month Fantasy Historical Fiction

Reckless Synopsis

1945. The Second World War has gone on too long. Shops are closed 'for the duration'. Trains run a restricted service 'for the duration'. Life has paused, for the duration. A little girl, Pamela, is growing up fast. A young Englishman, Rupert Blundell, vows there'll be no more wars. Both are waiting for their lives to begin. Then comes Hiroshima. Finally, devastatingly, the war is over. 1962. Rupert is now strategic advisor to Lord Mountbatten, and his close confidant. Pamela is eighteen and has moved to London, eager for love and experience of every kind. There'll be parties at Cliveden, Christine Keeler, Stephen Ward, the Astors. Life is a whirlwind. But beneath the glamour lies quiet, desperate terror, as the Cuban missile crisis unfolds and the world spins ever closer to nuclear war. Reckless is a gripping novel set against the world in crisis, by a superb novelist at the height of his powers.

The Good Book Guide Review

Beginning in the 1940s, this thoughtful, compelling novel features Rupert Blundell, strategic adviser and confidant to Lord Mountbatten. Jump forward to 1962, Mountbatten, now Chief of the Defence Staff, frequently seeks Rupert’s counsel as the Cuban missile crisis develops and the Cold War escalates towards nuclear conflict. Meanwhile, Rupert’s young family friend Pamela Avenell is falling in with a louche set in London. Real people and events make up the vivid world in a complex work that mixes high politics with the most touching of love stories.

Reckless Press Reviews

'An explosively interesting novel I found hard to put down'
Wendy Holden, Daily Mail

'Effortless brilliance'
Daily Express

'Nicholson is excellent at dialogue and his eye for period detail is almost as good'

'Nicholson draws his narrative strands together in a most entertaining fashion'
The Times

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ISBN: 9781782066453
Publication date: 26/02/2015
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781782066422
Publication date: 30/01/2014
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782066453
Publication date: 26th February 2015
Author: William Nicholson
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 512 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Fantasy, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About William Nicholson

William Nicholson was born in 1948, and grew up in Sussex and Gloucestershire. He was educated at Downside School and Christ's College, Cambridge, and then joined BBC Television, where he worked as a documentary film maker. There his ambition to write, directed first into novels, was channelled into television drama. His plays for television include Shadowlands and Life Story, both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award in their year; other award-winners were Sweet As You Are and The March. In 1988 he received the Royal Television Society's Writer's Award. His first play, an adaptation of Shadowlands for the stage, ...

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