Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom

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A #1 internationally bestselling novel set in post-Civil War Spain by the author of Dominion and the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery seriesSeptember 1940: the Spanish Civil War is over, Madrid lies in ruin, while the Germans continue their march through Europe, and General Franco evades Hitler's request that he lead his broken country into yet another war. Into this uncertain world comes a reluctant spy for the British Secret Service, sent to gain the confidence of Sandy Forsyth, an old school friend turned shady Madrid businessman. Meanwhile, an ex-Red Cross nurse is engaged in a secret mission of her own. Through this dangerous game of intrigue, C. J. Sansom's riveting tale conjures a remarkable sense of history unfolding and the profound impact of impossible choices.

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C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a Ph.D. in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer. He is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Shardlake series, and the Spanish Civil War thriller Winter in Madrid. He lives in Sussex.
Published January 24, 2008 by Penguin Books. 556 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Harry, undercover as an embassy translator, reaches Madrid, he finds Sandy in possession of Barbara, a Red Cross nurse who loved Bernie before his disappearance and presumed death in the civil war.

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(“I suppose it’s a fantasy, a public school thing,” Barbara concludes.) Having won Sandy’s confidence, Harry has much to report to his old Etonian handler in the British Embassy, itself headed at the time (this bit is true) by Sir Samuel Hoare, an irascible codger who does a fair amount of moanin...

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Summary: An elegant blend of fact and fiction about the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and the period when Hitler was tring to bring Franco and Spain into WWII on the side of the Nazis.

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Historical Novel Society

The third character, Bernie Piper, linked to the others by the commonality of their shared public school, is a communist who travelled to Spain to join the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War and found himself imprisoned in a concentration camp.

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Historical Novel Society

It’s a time of historic identity-seeking, for Spain and Harry alike, and his world is further complicated when he finds Sandy Forsyth living with a mutual friend, Barbara Clare, a nurse who is, for her part, using Sandy to look for her former lover, Bernie Piper, who disappeared while fighting wi...

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Part historical novel, part romance, part thriller, Winter in Madrid provides a thought-provoking look at a troubled time in Spanish history.

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ways - ex-Red Cross nurse, ex-lover of Bernie, and .

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There’s an amusing anecdote (recounted in Peter Carroll’s The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: Americans in the Spanish Civil War) involving the actor Gary Cooper, Hemingway’s choice to play Robert Jordan in the film of For Whom the Bell Tolls, and Alvah Bessie, a Lincoln veteran and scree...

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CJ Sansom's WINTER IN MADRID is kind of a thriller and kind of a spy novel.

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