Winter in Madrid (Paperback)C. J. Sansom (author)
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From the bestselling author of the Shardlake series, C. J. Sansom, comes Winter in Madrid, a standalone historical novel set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.
1940: The Spanish Civil War is over, and Madrid lies ruined, its people starving, while the Germans continue their relentless march through Europe. Britain now stands alone while General Franco considers whether to abandon neutrality and enter the war.
Into this uncertain world comes Harry Brett: a traumatised veteran of Dunkirk turned reluctant spy for the British Secret Service. Sent to gain the confidence of old schoolfriend Sandy Forsyth, now a shady Madrid businessman, Harry finds himself involved in a dangerous game - and surrounded by memories. Meanwhile Sandy's girlfriend, ex-Red Cross nurse Barbara Clare, is engaged on a secret mission of her own - to find her former lover Bernie Piper, a passionate Communist in the International Brigades, who vanished on the bloody battlefields of the Jarama.
In a vivid and haunting depiction of wartime Spain, Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom is an intimate and compelling tale which offers a remarkable sense of history unfolding, and the profound impact of impossible choices.
'Sansom adroitly draws the disparate strands of his ambitious saga together. His non-pareil evocations of time and place anchor his characters with satisfying precision' Independent
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 403 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 34 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition
a"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
aThere are touches of Graham Greene; Hemingwayas here, too. . . . But Sansom transfigures his sources into a moral universe very much his own.a
a"The Independent" (U.K.)
aSansom [proves] real noir is best when lit with flashes of wit.a
aSansom can lay claim to a place among the best distinguished of modern historical novelists.a
aP. D. James
"It comes as no surprise to learn that Sansom's novel spent month after month on London's bestseller lists."
-"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
"There are touches of Graham Greene; Hemingway's here, too. . . . But Sansom transfigures his sources into a moral universe very much his own."
-"The Independent" (U.K.)
"Sansom [proves] real noir is best when lit with flashes of wit."
"Sansom can lay claim to a place among the best distinguished of modern historical novelists."
-P. D. James
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i bought this as a book to read while on holiday-so i wasnt expecting Great Literature-more a wide story, some engaging characters, a plot.tedious in the extreme-the plot shambles across various characters (look... More
“Superb historical thriller”
Once again I can't fault Sansom's writing at all. Set in Madrid (obviously) during the aftermath of the Civil War and the early years of the Second World War, it follows the stories of three Rookwood school... More
A well written, compelling tale that sweeps you along with the tide of events.
The description of wartime Spain is haunting, and, I believe, accurate.
I heartily recommend this book!
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