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  • Published: 3 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241505526
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $26.00

SS-GB




A chilling alternative history of the Second World War, in which the Nazis have conquered Britain

It is 1941 and Germany has won the war. Britain is occupied, Churchill executed and the King imprisoned in the Tower of London. At Scotland Yard, Detective Inspector Archer tries to do his job and keep his head down. But when a body is found in a Mayfair flat, what at first appears to be a routine murder investigation sends him into a world of espionage, deceit and betrayal.

  • Published: 3 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241505526
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $26.00

About the author

Len Deighton

Len Deighton is the author of over thirty bestsellers of carefully researched fiction and non-fiction. His history writing was encouraged by A. J. P. Taylor and his books are noted for the picture they provide of the German side of the fighting as well as that of the Allies. His books include Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain and Blood, Tears and Folly: An Objective Look at World War II, both published by Pimlico.

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Praise for SS-GB

Len Deighton is the Flaubert of the contemporary thriller writers ... there can be little doubt that this is much the way things would have turned out if the Germans had won the war.

Michael Howard, Times Literary Supplement

Philip K Dick, Philip Roth, Robert Harris and plenty more have all come at the nightmare from their own angle. No book, however, has brought the scenario home to roost quite like Len Deighton's SS-GB.

Jasper Rees, Daily Telegraph

SS-GB is remarkable not for what it says about Hitler and Churchill or the turning points of the Second World War, but for its exploration of a society that did not exist, but that feels real and connects to our own lives and circumstances. Through alternate histories, we can experience the richness of life in alternate pasts, and sympathise with those forced to make choices we will probably - we hope - never have to make.

Andrew Glazzard, New Statesman

Horrifyingly plausible.

The Independent

It is Mr. Deighton's best book, one that blends his expertise in the spy field with his interest in military and political history to produce an absorbingly exciting spy story that is also a fascinating exercise in might-have-been speculation.

Julian Symons, New York Times Book Review

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