Winter in Madrid

Winter in Madrid

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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 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

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  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 38mm | 399.99g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Pan Books
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Reprints
  • 0330411985
  • 9780330411981
  • 9,318

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"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." -"Publishers Weekly" "Sansom can lay claim to a place among the best distinguished of modern historical novelists."-P. D. James

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About C. J. Sansom

C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a Ph.D. in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer. He has written two novels in his historical crime series featuring lawyer, Matthew Shardlake. Winter in Madrid is his third novel. He lives in Sussex.

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