Half a Crown
In 1941 the European war ended in the Farthing Peace, a rapprochement between Britain and Nazi Germany. The balls and banquets of Britain’s upper class never faltered, while British ships ferried “undesirables” across the Channel to board the cattle cars headed east. Peter Carmichael is commander... show more
In 1941 the European war ended in the Farthing Peace, a rapprochement between Britain and Nazi Germany. The balls and banquets of Britain’s upper class never faltered, while British ships ferried “undesirables” across the Channel to board the cattle cars headed east. Peter Carmichael is commander of the Watch, Britain’s distinctly British secret police. It’s his job to warn the Prime Minister of treason, to arrest plotters, and to discover Jews. The midnight knock of a Watchman is the most dreaded sound in the realm. Now, in 1960, a global peace conference is convening in London, where Britain, Germany, and Japan will oversee the final partition of the world. Hitler is once again on British soil. So is the long exiled Duke of Windsor—and the rising gangs of “British Power” streetfighters, who consider the Government “soft,” may be the former king’s bid to stage a coup d’état. Amidst all this, two of the most unlikely persons in the realm will join forces to oppose the fascists: a debutante whose greatest worry until now has been where to find the right string of pearls, and the Watch Commander himself.
Publish date: September 30th 2008
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
, Alternate History
Series: Small Change (#3)
Jo Walton’s “Small Change” trilogy is a challenging one to classify. Her previous novels in the series, and , easily fit a number of genres – alternate history, murder mystery, suspense novel thriller – without entirely being defined by any one of them. This book, the final novel in her series, is...
bookshelves: summer-2015, series, paper-read, historical-fiction, alternative-history, wwii, under-1000-ratings, published-2008, one-penny-wonder Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Read from June 19 to August 21, 2015 Description: In 1941 the European war ended in the F...
The final instalment in a trilogy, the earlier books of which are Farthing and Ha'penny, I could not put this book down once I reached the half-way mark. It took all my resolution not to peak at the last page. I was kept guessing about what would happen - heart in mouth - until the end. The setting ...
Really loved the entire series. 'Chilling' is probably the best description for these books. At times, I was somewhat annoyed by the similarity of all three female protagonists (probably a feature, not a bug), but still stayed up late to finish the books. Walton's writing is excellent.
In 1941, a small subgroup of the English government negotiated peace with Hitler. Now it's the 1960s. Japan has dropped atomic bombs on the Soviet Union, the US is isolationalist and utterly unconnected to world affairs, and the UK has been shipping undesirables overseas to German concentration ca...