In the bitter winter of 1946, Rachael Morgan arrives with her only remaining son Edmund in the ruins of Hamburg. Here she is reunited with her husband Lewis, a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an extraordinary decision- they will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.
Rhidian Brook is an award-winning writer of fiction, television drama and film. His first novel, The Testimony of Taliesin Jones, won several prizes including the Somerset Maugham Award. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including the Paris Review, New Statesman and Time Out, and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He is also a regular contributor to 'Thought For The Day' on the Today programme.
Arresting, unsettling and compelling; suffused with suffering and hope -- Claire Messud Terrific. Suspicion, resentment and misunderstanding haunt this city. Richly atmospheric Sunday Telegraph Excellent, original, masterly. A captivating tale not only of love among the ruins but also of treachery and vengeance Literary Review Superb. Conjuring surprise after surprise Guardian Superb. This masterly novel wrings every drop of feeling out of a gripping human situation Mail on Sunday, Novel of the Week An extraordinary read Daily Mail Profoundly moving, beautifully written Independent
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