Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 12/09/2013
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At once a vivid, haunting reimagining of 1950s Britain, a gripping, humane spy thriller and a poignant love story, with Dominion C. J. Sansom once again asserts himself as the master of the historical novel.1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk. As the long German war against Russia rages on in the east, the British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule: the press, radio and television are controlled; the streets patrolled by violent auxiliary police and British Jews face ever greater constraints. There are terrible rumours too about what is happening in the basement of the German Embassy at Senate House. Defiance, though, is growing. In Britain, Winston Churchill's Resistance organization is increasingly a thorn in the government's side. And in a Birmingham mental hospital an incarcerated scientist, Frank Muncaster, may hold a secret that could change the balance of the world struggle for ever.Civil Servant David Fitzgerald, secretly acting as a spy for the Resistance, is given the mission to rescue his old friend Frank and get him out of the country. Before long he, together with a disparate group of Resistance activists, will find themselves fugitives in the midst of London's Great Smog; as David's wife Sarah finds herself drawn into a world more terrifying than she ever could have imagined. And hard on their heels is Gestapo Sturmbannfuhrer Gunther Hoth, brilliant, implacable hunter of men . . .'An absorbing, thoughtful, spy-politico thriller set in the fog-ridden London of 1952 . . . Part adventure, part espionage, all encompassed by terrific atmosphere and a well-argued “it might have been”. – The Times

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780330511032
  • Number of pages: 736
  • Weight: 520g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 46 mm

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Solid Alternative Future Story
It is 1952 and in the UK the people are ruled by a puppet government that submitted to the Nazi government in 1940 after the disaster of Dunkirk. Churchill... READ MORE
Half Man Half Book
I didn't like this book. For a story dealing with such emotive issues as genocide and Fascism, I found it very dry and emotionless. Despite it being quite ... READ MORE
Felt real
This book made me think what if. Once started was very difficult to put down I have read and lent out all of CJ Samson books Excellent
Vaughan Jones
A Strong Alternate History Compared with Weak(er) Alternatives
A spate of alternate and time travel history series have hit our (PC and TV) screens in recent months, The Man in the High Castle being the most publicised... READ MORE
Lee Ruddin
The real story is the evils of nationalism, how easy it is to fall
Re-reading this book post the Scottish and EU referendums gave it a new dimension for me having read it the first time as a historical thriller. The afterw... READ MORE
shropshire lass
An incredible, believable, what-might-have-been story.
Dominion holds you in suspense from beginning to end. An all-too-possible outcome of WW2 and what could have happened next if Britain had lost the war.
Catherine Warren