A great murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Second World War. Great characters who are opinionated, loud and liberated. A thriller with a bit of a difference and thoroughly enjoyable.
London in the aftermath of WW2 is a beaten down, hungry place, so it's no wonder that Regine Milner's Sunday house parties in her Hampstead home are so popular. Everyone comes to Reggie's on a Sunday: ballet dancers and cabinet ministers, left-over Mosleyites alongside flamboyant homosexuals like Freddie Buckingham. And when Freddie turns up dead on the Heath one Sunday night there is no shortage of suspects. War Damage is both a high-class thriller and a wonderful evocation of Britain staggering back to its feet after the privations of the War. And in Regine Milner it possesses a truly memorable heroine. She's full of secrets - just what did happen in Shanghai before the war? - and surprises - Reggie's living proof that sexual experimentation was alive and well long before the sixties.
|Publication date:||4th February 2010|
|Publisher:||Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
'This book is as stylish as one would hope. An evocative, escapist tale of murder and secrecy in post-war London, War Damage paints a picture of a city that, way before the '60s (even in the rubble of the Blitz), was swinging' - Lauren Laverne, Grazia
'[A] first class whodunit...The portrait of Austerity Britain is masterfully done...the most fascinating character in this impressive work is the exhausted capital itself'
Julia Handford, Sunday Telegraph
'[Wilson] evokes louche, bohemian NW3 with skill and relish'
John O 'Connell, Guardian
'The era of austerity after the Second World War makes an entertaining and convincing backdrop to Elizabeth Wilson's fine second novel, War Damage... A delight to read'
Marcel Berlins, The Times
An independent researcher and writer best known for her commentaries on feminism and popular culture, Elizabeth Wilson is currently Visiting Professor at the London College of Fashion. She is the author of several non-fiction books. Her novel The Twilight Hour is also published by Serpent’s Tail.‘My family was involved in running the British Empire in increasingly lowly positions sliding slowly down the social scale. They felt quite dislocated after WW II and my mother led a very marginal existence. Perhaps because of this she had me educated at St Paul’s Girls’ School, where ...More About Elizabeth Wilson