On the TBR – The Separation – Christopher Priest

6 Apr

On The TBR is a new thing I’m trying out on my blog to try and keep a record of the books i buy and download this year.

The Separation by Christopher Priest is a book that has been on my wishlist for a long time and one that I’m so pleased to finally get my hands on it.

Synopsis THE SEPARATION is the story of twin brothers, rowers in the 1936 Olympics (where they met Hess, Hitler’s deputy); one joins the RAF, and captains a Wellington; he is shot down after a bombing raid on Hamburg and becomes Churchill’s aide-de-camp; his twin brother, a pacifist, works with the Red Cross, rescuing bombing victims in London. But this is not a straightforward story of the Second World War: this is an alternate history: the two brothers – both called J.L. Sawyer – live their lives in alternate versions of reality. In one, the Second World War ends as we imagine it did; in the other, thanks to efforts of an eminent team of negotiators headed by Hess, the war ends in 1941. THE SEPARATION is an emotionally riveting story of how the small man can make a difference; it’s a savage critique of Winston Churchill, the man credited as the saviour of Britain and the Western World, and it’s a story of how one perceives and shapes the past.

I really enjoy books set in this time period so fingers crossed this book is good!

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