The Summer Isles

The Summer Isles

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Winner of the World Fantasy Award and the Sidewise Award for Alternate History: A pastel-hued yet chilling alternate vision of England, The Summer Isles views the nightmare that the country has become since Germanya€™s victory in the Great War, through the eyes of a man whose life lies close to the heart of history In 1918 the Allies were defeated. A closeted gay teacher, Griffin Brooke has witnessed the monumental changes his nation has undergone since being crushed by Germanya€™s superior fighting forces twenty-two years earlier. First came the financial collapse and crippling inflation, then the fascist uprising in the thirties that brought John Arthur to power. Now, in 1940, England has resurrected itselfa€”but at a terrible cost. With homosexuality decreed a serious crime against the state by the dictator who was once his most avid student, Griffin has remained silent while Englanda€™s gay population has mysteriously dwindled . . . along with the nationa€™s Jews. But in the twilight of his years, elevated to the role of tutor in an Oxford college, Griffin is getting anxious. Thinking back on a life lived in shadowa€”and on his one great love affair with a young soldier during the height of the Great Wara€”Griffin knows that revealing a secret he has guarded for decades could have devastating consequences for Britain, the world, and especially for the fascist tyrant Arthur, who cites his former teacher as a mentor and major influence.The bed is undenteda€”has probably never been slept ona€” and the sliding doors of the fitted wardrobes still have the buildera#39;s instructions stuck on the back. Eileen Cumbernald comes in before Ia#39;ve even had time to open my suitcase, anbsp;...

Title:The Summer Isles
Author: Ian R. MacLeod
Publisher:Open Road Media - 2013-06-25

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