November 2011 Guest Editor Victoria Hislop selects Fatherland...
Fatherland by Robert Harris is an amazing novel. In fact all his novels are great, but this just happens to be my favourite. Robert Harris always does extensive and exhaustive research into the history/ideas behind his novels but he then deftly puts it to one side and crafts his story. He does something that I greatly aspire to: he wears his research lightly so that we learn a lot while reading his books, but we are not being hit over the head with his knowledge though we know it is there. I admire him hugely and would like to achieve the same effect.
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It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich.
The New York Times bestselling classic of alternate history, a murder mystery set in a world where the Nazis won World War IIfor fans ofThe Plot Against AmericaandThe Man in the High Castle Berlin, 1964. The Greater German Reich stretches from the Rhine to the Urals, and keeps an uneasy peace with its nuclear rival, the United States.As the Fatherland prepares for a grand celebration honoring Adolf Hitler's seventy-fifth birthday and anticipates a conciliatory visit from U.S. president Joseph Kennedy and ambassador Charles Lindbergh,a detective of the Kriminalpolizei is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb. But when Xavier March discovers the identity of the body, he also uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich. And, with the Gestapo just one step behind, March, together with the American journalist Charlotte Maguire, is caught up in a race to discover and reveal the trutha truth that has already killed, a truth that could topple governments, a truth that will change history.Praise for Fatherland ';A singular achievement displaying original and carefully wrought suspense . . . Fatherland easily transcends convention.'The Washington Post ';A solid thriller, vividly imagined and genuinely frightening.'The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ';Ingenious . . . a triumph . . . suspenseful and elegant.'San Francisco Chronicle ';A dazzler . . . fast-paced . . . Historical fact is blended skillfully with fiction.'Detroit Free Press ';Absorbing . . . expertly written.'The New York Times Book Review ';Truly captivating.'Robert Ludlum ';A strong premise for a police thriller with rich foreign atmosphere and political texture galore? Absolutely!'Entertainment Weekly ';A sly and scary page-turner.'Los Angeles Times ';A well-plotted, well-written detective tale and a fascinating trek through parallel history.'Chicago Tribune ';Fatherland works on all levels. It's a triumph.'The Washington Times ';Distinguished by vivid details based on impeccable research, the thriller is a crackling-good read in the le Carre tradition.'Time ';Wonderful.'Newsday ';A gripping detective story as well as a chilling visit to the Germany that might have been. It is so plausibly written it seems quite real. Robert Harris is a name to watch for.'BookPage
|Publication date:||22nd August 2017|
|Publisher:||Books on Tape Books on Tape|
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
'Powerful and chilling... convincing in every detail' Daily Telegraph
'Clever and ingenious... Its breeding is by Orwell, out of P. D. James, a detective story inside a future shock' Daily Mail
'A writer who handles suspense like a literary Alfred Hitchcock' Guardian
'Robert Harris has recreated the whole structure of a totally corrupt society in a way that makes the flesh creep' Sunday Times
'Gripping in the way John Buchan, Len Deighton and John LeCarre are. The writing is superb. This novel lifts its author into a new and superior class' The Times
Robert Harris is the author of eight bestselling novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost, Lustrum and The Fear Index. Several of his books have been filmed, most recently The Ghost, which was directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in the village of Kintbury, west Berkshire, with his wife Gill Hornby and a fluctuating number of children. In 2014 he was inducted into the CWA Hall of Fame.More About Robert Harris