What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Liberation Day written by Gareth Rubin, read by Nicola Walker and Gareth Rubin.

1952. Soviet troops control British streets

After the disastrous failure of D-Day, Britain is occupied by Nazi Germany, and only rescued by Russian soldiers arriving from the east and Americans from the west. The two superpowers divide the nation between them, a wall running through London like a scar.

When Jane Cawson calls into her husband’s medical practice and detects the perfume worn by his former wife, Lorelei, star of propaganda films for the new Marxist regime, she fears what is between them. But when Jane rushes to confront them, she finds herself instead caught up in the glamorous actress’s death.

Nick is soon arrested for murder. Desperate to clear his name, Jane must risk the attention of the brutal secret police as she follows a trail of corruption right to the highest levels of the state.

And she might find she never really knew her husband at all.

Critics Review

  • In the great tradition of SS-GB and Fatherland, Rubin’s alternative-1950s murder mystery takes an ingenious premise – the Americans and the Soviets have carved up Britain between them after rescuing the country from the Nazis – and makes it come alive through sheer storytelling skill

  • A riveting story of betrayal, corruption and dark secrets, set against the backdrop of a divided Britain

    Choice Magazine
  • A twisting murder mystery combined with a chillingly plausible alternative history of a divided Cold War London. Brilliant.

  • An interesting take on the ‘What if we’d lost World War II?’ debate. A gripping and well-imagined yarn

    Sun
  • Far more than an intellectual exercise – it is a gripping story, with heart

    Daily Telegraph, Best Thrillers of the Year
  • A tight and compelling thriller

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