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Midnight in Berlin

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Berlin, 1938. Newly-appointed military attache Noel Macrae and his extrovert wife Primrose arrive at the British Embassy. Prime Minister Chamberlain is intent on placating Nazi Germany, but Macrae is less so. Convinced that Hitler can be stopped by other means than appeasement, he soon finds that he is not the only dissenting voice in the Embassy, and discovers senior officers in the German military who are prepared to turn against the Fuhrer. Gathering vital intelligence, Macrae is drawn to Kitty Schmidt's Salon (a Nazi bordello) and its enigmatic Jewish hostess Sara Sternschein-a favourite of sadistic Gestapo boss Reinhard Heydrich. Sara is a treasure-trove of knowledge about the Nazi hierarchy in a city of lies, spies and secrets. Does she hold the key to thwarting Hitler or is Macrae just being manipulated by her, while his wife romantically pursues his most important German military contact, Florian Koenig? MacManus's absorbing new novel evokes a time and place when the personal and political stakes could not be higher, and where the urge for peaceful compromise conflicts with higher ideals and a vicious regime bent on war. As loyalties are stretched to the limit and Europe slides towards another war, could just one act of great courage and sacrifice change everything? AUTHOR: James MacManus is the managing director of the Times Literary Supplement. After studying at St. Andrews University he began his career in journalism at the Daily Express in Manchester. He joined the Guardian in 1972, and later became their Paris, and then their Africa and Middle East Correspondent. James's first novel, On the Broken Shore, was published in 2010. This was followed by Black Venus (2013) the story of the French poet Charles Baudelaire and his mistress Jeanne Duval. MacManus is the father of three children and lives in Dulwich.

Product code: 9780715651643

ISBN 9780715651643
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129
No. Of Pages 416
Publisher Prelude
As loyalties are stretched to the limit and Europe slides towards another war, could just one act of great courage and sacrifice change everything?