Hardback : 01 Nov 2012
Winter Games is a dazzling tale of secrets and betrayal: perfect reading for fans of The Bolter by Frances Osborne, and the writing of the Mitfords.
Munich, 1936. She doesn't know it, but eighteen-year old Daphne Linden has a seat in the front row of history. Along with her best friend, Betsy Barton-Hill, and a whole bevy of other young English upper-class girls, Daphne is in Bavaria to improve her German, to go to the Opera, to be 'finished'. It may be the Third Reich, but another war is unthinkable, and the girls are having the time of their lives. Aren't they?
London, 2006. Seventy years later and Daphne's granddaughter, Francie Fitzsimon has all the boxes ticked: large flat, successful husband, cushy job writing up holistic spas . . . The hardest decision she has to make is where to go for brunch - until, that is, events conspire to send her on a quest to discover what really happened to her grandmother in Germany, all those years ago.
Praise for Rachel Johnson:
'Wonderfully readable' Guardian
'Shiveringly brilliant' Jilly Cooper
'Very funny, relentlessly observant' Daily Mail
'Sharp, funny and knowing' India Knight
Rachel Johnson is a journalist who has written two previous novels and two volumes of diaries. The Mummy Diaries, Notting Hell, Shire Hell and A Diary of The Lady are all available now from Penguin.
Rachel Johnson's Favourite Wintery Novels
Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
Nancy Mitford's style is imperishable, but never imperishably cold.
War & Peace Tolstoy
One of the longest novel ever written, and probably the best despite the interminable (but snowy) Napoleonic battle scenes.
Anna Karenina Tolstoy
Romance. Fur. Trains. Russia. Suicide. Quid plura?
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I devoured the Little House on the Prairie books as a child. This plunges me back to age seven, and the homespun, plain, prairie mid-west.
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
The perfect comic novel and so quotable many of the phrases have entered the language ("Something nasty in the woodshed" among many treasures).
Size : 135 x 216mm
Pages : 336
Published : 01 Nov 2012
Publisher : Fig Tree
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