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  • Published: 1 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9781405936705
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $19.99

Island Reich

The fate of Britain rests on one unlikely spy in this rich, atmospheric WWII thriller, from the award-winning author of Moskva and Nightfall Berlin

July, 1940. The Nazis launch their invasion of Britain - starting with the Channel Islands...

And soldier turned safecracker Bill O'Hagan gets an offer: hang for his crimes, or serve his country.

The mission: impersonate a local on occupied Alderney, steal the invasion plans, escape. He almost believes they're not lying.

In Portugal, former King, Edward, Duke of Windsor, receives an altogether different proposal from Germany: ease the invasion and he'll get his throne back. But Edward will not readily betray his country...

An embittered former king. An unreformed thief.
And a secret upon which the fates of nations lie...

  • Published: 1 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9781405936705
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $19.99

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A fine book . . . for those who enjoy vintage le Carré

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The new le Carré . . . an absolutely brilliant page turner . . . if you love thrillers, Jack Grimwood is a name you need to remember

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Mesmerising, surefooted, vividly realised . . . something special in the arena of international thrillers

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An extraordinarily atmospheric and immersive read ... escapism at its best

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So atmospheric, so elegantly written . . . like Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, or like early le Carre. I really recommend it. I just disappeared into it totally

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The thriller of the summer ... Grimwood raises the stakes in this dark, twisty tale


Matches Robert Harris, Joseph Kanon, Ken Follett and John le Carré thrill for thrill in this breath-taking WWII story of atmospheric suspense, daring espionage and political intrigue, set in the tense depths of Britain's Darkest Hour

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Intricately plotted, rip-roaring World War Two adventure - proper heroes, proper villains, royal intrigue and grounded in real history

Ian Rankin

Triumphant... The synthesis of real and fictitious characters is handled with panache by the talented Grimwood

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Top-notch . . . the suspense never wavers


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Fact and fiction merge in what they used to call a rip-roaring yarn that is totally credible. Excellent.

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Highly entertaining . . . The plot is splendidly complicated. Like most good adventure novels set in recognizable history, Grimwood offers readers an enticing "what if?"


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