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Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Friday 07 June 2013
It's November 1952. Great Britain - that shabby satellite of Greater Germany; a dismal semi-colony shackled after the Nazi victory in 1940 by the Treaty of Berlin – coughs through damp, cold and "sulphurous chemical smog".
But, in Birmingham, a deluded scientist holds world-shaking knowledge in his head. Can the British Resistance (leader-in-hiding: Winston Churchill) spirit him to the still-free US?
Every note of this smoggy hell rings true. Yet this switched history also shows how hope might dawn to end the Nazi rule of "blood and fear".
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
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