Harry pretends to bump into Sandy in a cafe, and their old school days promptly return. Have a different perspective on the Spanish Civil War now.

In September 1940, the Spanish Civil War is over and Madrid lies in ruins while the Germans continue their march through Europe. Reading Guide | 

disillusioned with its ideology. Sansom first published this novel in 2006. Not, in a book that you can't put down. What I did learn was the Spanish people lived in horrifying conditions and were as beleagured as the parts of Europe under Hitler's rule.
You can read more book reviews or buy Winter in Madrid by C J Sansom at Amazon.co.uk Amazon currently charges £2.99 for standard delivery for orders under £20, over which delivery is free. Not to mention how the love stories are totally dry, neutered, and unconvincing - no sex scenes in this tome.

Perhaps this is why I'm not a fan of historical fiction. It is forbidden to copy anything for publication elsewhere without written permission from the copyright holder. Institutions loom large in the book, from public school (which is the ( Log Out /  Not, in a book that you can't put down. Injured Dunkirk veteran Harry Brett is hired by the British government to spy on his old school pal Sandy Forsyth who is now living in Spain and is involved in the shady world of gold mining. It’s a fairly hefty book but at no point did I feel bogged down with the size of it. (“I suppose it’s a fantasy, a public school thing,” Barbara concludes.). Surrey, Uncle James had almost given himself a stroke looking at When approached by government officials and asked to travel to Spain and become a spy for the British, he is hesistant. I started this book with some trepidation, however, wondering how I would feel about a non-Shardlake Sansom novel. Search: Unbeknownst to Harry, Sandy is currentlly living with Barbara Clare, a British nurse whose previous boyfriend was Bernie Piper. It served as a useful introduction to the Spanish Civil War.

C.J. Reader Reviews. Harry Brett is a former soldier turned languages specialist at Cambridge. There is also a love triangle, as Sandy Forsyth’s girlfriend also happens to be the former lover Bernie Piper, who is being held in a Spanish prison.

", The story takes place shortly following the Spanish Civil War, at the beginning of WW2 when Franco is consolidating his power.

One might gather, by his writing, that Sansome, is an unhappy Left-winger--Too bad. How do the main characters reinforce and/or defeat them? Spy, Military, Govt & High Tech Thrillers. Suddenly her loyalties shift: determined to obtain Bernie’s freedom, she now sees Sandy as a repulsive, corrupt cynic. At times, however, this book reads like a propaganda film, or the script of a 1940s movie.

Winter in Madrid A grey, cheerless,morbid tale of Spain's dreary civil war, written, I suspect by an author quite lacking in faith, hope or positive outlook.

To be an English public schoolboy — yes, most are still boys — is to belong to a caste. Neither tale is clear cut and the endings aren’t ones I expected. ( Log Out /  True, Sansom has come up with a surprise ending, but that’s what you expect of a thriller. A grey, cheerless,morbid tale of Spain's dreary civil war, written, I suspect by an author quite lacking in faith, hope or positive outlook. Bernie begins the book as a devoted Communist, yet eventually becomes He is dispatched to Madrid with his cover as a translator, and starts to make contact. There is an epilogue, but it seems a rushed attempt to bring about some type of conclusion - an 'oh by the way'. All rights reserved. Overall, a great book to read that keeps you on your toes in a new, dark environment and lets you feel the despair that many felt in the 1940’s Europe. plaster.