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Dominion - C. J. Sansom

Dominion - C. J. Sansom
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This low numbered book (#107) comes from a limited edition of 1500 copies.

Title: Dominion

Author:  C. J. Sansom

ISBN:  9780230744165

Weight:  990 g

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Dominion by C. J. Sansom

At once a vivid, haunting reimagining of 1950s Britain, a gripping, humane spy thriller and a poignant love story.


1952.  Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk.  As the long German war against Russia rages on in the east, the British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule: the press, radio and television are controlled; the streets patrolled by violent auxiliary police and British Jews face ever greater constraints.  There are terrible rumours too about what is happening in the basement of the German Embassy at Senate House.

Defiance, though, is growing.  In Britain, Winston Churchill’s Resistance organization is increasingly a thorn in the government’s side.  And in a Birmingham mental hospital an incarcerated scientist, Frank Muncaster, may hold a secret that could change the balance of the world struggle for ever.

Civil Servant David Fitzgerald, secretly acting as a spy for the Resistance, is given the mission by them to rescue his old friend Frank and get him out of the country.  Before long he, together with a disparate group of Resistance activists, will find themselves fugitives in the midst of London’s Great Smog; as David’s wife Sarah finds herself drawn into a world more terrifying than she ever could have imagined.

And hard on their heels is Gestapo Sturmbannfuhrer Gunther Hoth, brilliant, implacable hunter of men…

Peer & Press Reviews

The chase is exciting and the action thrilling, but the really absorbing part of this excellent book is the detailed creation of a society that could so easily have existed.

Literary Review

The alternative Britain that Sansom constructs, a brilliant amalgam of the 1950s as they actually were and as they might have been, is entirely convincing.  Throwaway details cleverly add verisimilitude to his portrait.  The tale he sets within his parallel universe is at once exciting, sophisticated and moving.  There will be few better historical novels published this year.

Sunday Times

A thriller which is also, and perhaps primarily, a work of alternative or counter-factual history, set in 1952… in the manner of Robert Harris’s Fatherland.  There are fine things a-plenty here, and the plot unfolds compellingly and gallops along briskly.  C. J. Sansom has brought off a nice double, writing a good thriller which invites you to ponder the different course history might have taken.

Allan Massie, The Scotsman

Bibliographic Info

AttributeDetails
TitleDominion
Author
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

The Mantle imprint of Pan Macmillan issued this signed and numbered limited edition.

Each book has a signature page, tipped-in before the title page, that displays the book’s printed number and confirms it comes from a limited edition of 1500 copies.  Also printed on this page is the phrase ‘signed by the author’.  In addition, the book has a ribbon marker plus decorative head and tail bands.

As well as the main body text, there are also 23 pages of back matter: Acknowledgements 2pp, Biographical Note 6pp, Historical Note 15pp.

Book number107 of 1500
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the tipped-in signature / number page
Book Stats
PublisherPan Macmillan
ImprintMantle
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139780230744165
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Pages569 [main body]
Size (h x w x d)242 x 163 x 52mm
Packed weight1.276kg [very heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Jacket photographsGetty Images
Map artworkML Design

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