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A fabulous blast of speculative fiction sends chills coursing through the pages as the Nazi’s triumph at the end of the Second World War.
This all too plausible and atmospheric reimagining of the end of World War Two hits hard as it turns history on its head. It’s 1945 and Britain is under Nazi occupation after an atomic bomb strikes London. A shocking revelation discovered while on the run, means that David Erskine holds knowledge that could save the world from the Nazi’s. This is historian and award winning writer Alistair Moffat’s first novel. His ability to walk through time with his words, sets a stage that felt as though I was reading history. It really is all too easy to fall into this story and believe it is real, the prologue thoroughly sets the scene before the first chapters take you back a year to 1944 as the Allies were pushing through to victory. Erskine tells his own cooly matter-of-fact story in journal form, while other tales are added to form a wider picture. Action-packed yet succinctly told, The Night Before Morning is a chilling slice of speculative fiction.
June 1945. Hitler has triumphed, Britain is under German occupation and America cowers under the threat of nuclear attack.
In the dead of night, a figure flits through the ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, searching for a hidden document he knows could change the course of history. The journal he discovers, by a young soldier, David Erskine, records an extraordinary story.
When the Allies drive the Germans out of France and victory seems imminent, Erskine is in Antwerp, where he witnesses a world-changing reversal of fortune. From a high vantage point, he watches a huge mushroom cloud rise over London: an atomic bomb has been detonated by the Germans in a last desperate roll of the dice.
Captor becomes captive and Erskine is held as a POW in his own land. As the brutal grip of the occupying forces tightens, he is determined to join the resistance. A daring escape leads him and his fiancee Katie on a breathless chase to the university town of St Andrews, where the Germans have established a secret research laboratory. When it becomes clear what its purpose is, David, Katie and their small, trusted band must adopt a desperate and audacious plan to thwart Nazi domination . . .
|Publication date:||1st July 2021|
|Publisher:||Birlinn Ltd an imprint of Birlinn General|
|Collections:||Summer Is Here - Feast Your Eyes on LoveReading's Ever-growing List of Summer Reading Recommendations,|
|Primary Genre||Historical fiction|
Closing date: 15/08/2021
'A gripping and atmospheric tale with a powerful sense of place' -- Kirsty Wark
'Beautifully crafted - an exciting and moving tale of adventure, a what-if story of subtlety and power' -- Alexander McCall Smith
'A gripping and emotional story' -- Tom Conti
'Immensely readable derring-do in a terrifying vision of Scotland' -- Sally Magnusson
Alistair Moffat was born and bred in the Scottish Borders. A former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television, he now runs the burgeoning Borders Book Festival as well as a production company based near Selkirk. He has written twelve books, including Kelsae, The Reivers, The Sea Kingdoms, The Borders and The Wall, all of which are published by Birlinn.More About Alistair Moffat