From the bestselling author of the Dalziel and Pascoe series, a superb novel of wartime passion, loyalty – and betrayal
When Janine Simonian was dragged roughly from her cell to face trial as a collaborator in the days of reckoning that followed the liberation of France, she refused to conceal her shaven skull from the jeering crowds that greeted her.
Before the jury of form...more
It is a story that takes place during the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. I have read many books involving the war, but I found this one painful. Somehow living under foreign occupation felt more insidious than the actual battles.
Men slaughtering each other with various armaments on the front lines seems more honest, somehow.
This story about a human ...more
This novel is more character driven rather than action based. Janine Simonian is a Frenchwoman married to a Jewish man, her world is literally torn apart during the occupation. Janine is a wife and mother who will do anyt ...more
It wasn't the different-from-usual that put me off - the story just got off to a really slow start, seemed to be populated with indistinct characters and din't engage me at all. I kept going hoping it would get better, and it did. Occassionally it felt like a really good book, but mostly I found ...more
After reading this book, walking around the Marais area of Paris took on even more meaning. Highly recommended.
After National Service (1955-57) and studying English at St Catherine's College, Oxford University (1957-60) he worked as a teacher for many years, rising to Senior Lecturer at Doncaster College of Education. In 1980 he retired from ...more