A Very British Ending

A Very British Ending

Book - 2015
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An MI6 officer, haunted by the ghosts of an SS atrocity, kills a Nazi war criminal in the ruins of a U-boot bunker. The German turns out to be a CIA asset being rat-lined to South America. As a hungry Britain freezes in the winter of 1947, a young cabinet minister negotiates a deal with Moscow trading Rolls-Royce jet engines for cattle fodder and wood. Both have made powerful enemies with long memories. The fates of the two men become entwined as one rises through MI6 and the other to Downing Street. It is the mid-1970s and a coup d'etat is imminent.A Very British Ending is the Wolf Hall of power games in modern Britain. Senior MI6 officers, Catesby and Bone, try to outwit a cabal of plotters trying to overthrow the Prime Minister. The author once again reveals the dark underside of the Secret State on both sides of the Atlantic.
Publisher: London, Arcadia Books Ltd, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781910050507
Characteristics: 351 pages ; 22 cm.


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Dec 28, 2017

A riveting book. This very clever blending of fact and fiction had me unable to stop reading. We follow the life and career of one very British spy from the second world war through to the 1990s. For an Australian, of a certain age (as I am) the discussion on the Whitlam dismissal had the hairs on the back of my head up. As we see the political changes happening through the book, we see (through the author's prism) our times explained. Not a pretty view, and one can only assume that there is more truth in these pages than in many fictional representations of events and people you find in fiction. Do not miss it.

How disappointing to find on checking the YPRL catalogue that only one other of AHa Wilson's books are available in print form. Having retired from work where I needed to read far too much online, I have no wish to now read for pleasure online. Why is it so much to ask that we have included in the collection, works that are more than 2-3 years from publication? It is easy to order books out of print, but seemingly outside the Collection Development Policy of our library.

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