• Masterly ... the story develops with many a deft twist ... Brook wrings every drop of feeling out of a gripping human situation, and his vignettes of war-ravaged Hamburg are superb

    Mail on Sunday, Novel of the Week
  • Brook's profoundly moving...beautifully written novel ponders issues of decency, guilt and forgiveness...the meticulous integrity of his prose builds a narrative of chastened humans turning back from the brink

  • Superb. A painfully clear portrait of Germany in defeat, conjuring surprise after surprise as it shows how the forces of politics and history penetrate even the most intimate moments of its characters' emotional lives.

  • Rhidian Brook takes a piece of history I thought I knew well and breaks it open; The Aftermath is a compelling, surprising and moving novel

    Sadie Jones, author of The Outcast
  • A moving, always enthralling journey ... Rhidian Brook has written a brilliant novel

    Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland
  • Brook is wonderful at evoking the atmosphere of this forgotten time...with a spareness matched to the harshness of that winter. There is much to think about here

    The Times
  • A captivating take not only of love among the ruins but also of treachery and vengeance... The Aftermath is full of illicit love - for an erstwhile enemy, for a country and its overthrown regime - and as loyalties are tested and consciences are prickled it does what all good novels should do: it poses many complex questions and resists neat, topped-and-tailed answers

    Literary Review
  • Arresting, unsettling and compelling; suffused with suffering and hope

    Claire Messud, author of The Emperor's Children
  • An extraordinary read

    Daily Mail
  • Stylish, heart-searching and convincing


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