“A wonderful example of what the novel can do—a through-the-looking-glass slimpse into a world that might have been, and almost was.” —Kate Atkinson
WINNER OF THE SIDEWISE AWARD FOR BEST LONG-FORM ALTERNATE HISTORY
LONGLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD
C.J. SANSOM REWRITES HISTORY IN A THRILLING NOVEL THAT DARES TO IMAGINE BRITAIN UNDER THE THUMB OF NAZI GERMANY.
1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany. The global economy strains against the weight of the long German war against Russia still raging in the east. The British people find themselves under increasingly authoritarian rule–the press, radio, and television tightly controlled, the British Jews facing ever greater constraints.
But Churchill’s Resistance soldiers on. As defiance grows, whispers circulate of a secret that could forever alter the balance of the global struggle. The keeper of that secret? Scientist Frank Muncaster, who languishes in a Birmingham mental hospital.
Civil Servant David Fitzgerald, a spy for the Resistance and University friend of Frank’s, is given the mission to rescue Frank and get him out of the country. Hard on his heels is Gestapo agent Gunther Hoth, a brilliant, implacable hunter of men, who soon has Frank and David’s innocent wife, Sarah, directly in his sights.
C.J. Sansom’s literary thriller Winter in Madrid earned Sansom comparisons to Graham Greene, Sebastian Faulks, and Ernest Hemingway. Now, in his first alternative history epic, Sansom doesn’t just recreate the past–he reinvents it. In a spellbinding tale of suspense, oppression and poignant love, DOMINION dares to explore how, in moments of crisis, history can turn on the decisions of a few brave men and women–the secrets they choose to keep and the bonds they share.
“A highly charged and deeply inventive literary thriller . . . An exhilarating page-turner . . . Alternative history on a grand scale” —Malcolm Forbes, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Sansom has an original and impressive voice . . . Dominion is absorbing and richly conceived.” —Seattle Times
“Exciting . . . Dominion‘s pages fly by in a frenzy, but this is a book that lingers.” (3.5/4 stars) —Jocelyn McClurg, USA Today
“Sansom is a skilled storyteller . . . Dominion‘s ingenious premise is a doozy.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
“Dominion is terrific. And no, this isn’t one of those publisher-sponsored blurbs. I just fell in love with it. Nice and long, too.” —@StephenKing
C.J. Sansom is the bestselling author of the critically-acclaimed Matthew Shardlake novels, as well as the runaway international bestseller Winter in Madrid. He lives in Sussex, England.