Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Thursday, March 02, 2017
Allen & Unwin - $32.99
canvas international thriller marks the beginning of a major new series from
bestselling, award-winning author Rory Clements.
Europe is in turmoil. The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland. In Russia,
Stalin has unleashed his Great Terror. Spain has erupted in civil war.
a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish
scientist. Within weeks, she is found dead in her Cambridge bedroom, a silver
syringe clutched in her fingers.
In a London
club, three senior members of the British establishment light the touch paper
on a conspiracy that will threaten the very heart of government. Even the
ancient colleges of Cambridge are not immune to political division. Dons and
students must choose a side: right or left, where do you stand?
renowned member of the county set and his wife are found horribly murdered, a
maverick history professor finds himself dragged into a world of espionage
which, until now, he has only read about in books. But the deeper Thomas Wilde
delves, the more he wonders whether the murders are linked to the death of the
girl with the silver syringe - and, just as worryingly, to the scandal
surrounding King Edward VIII and his mistress Wallis Simpson...
I was fascinated by this story, (it took me back to 5th form History at Gisborne Boys High School all those years ago!),set against
the drumbeat of war and moving from Berlin to Cambridge, from Whitehall to the
Kent countryside, and from the Fens to the Aragon Front in Spain, this big canvas
international thriller marks the beginning of a major new series from
bestselling author Rory Clements.