Passions run high in Alison MacLeod's strikingly original novel of love and prejudice in wartime Brighton.

1940, Brighton. Geoffrey and Evelyn Beaumont and their eight-year-old son, Philip, anxiously await news of the expected enemy landing on the town beaches. The crisis passes – others lie ahead. Evelyn’s thoughts have become tinged with a mounting, indefinable desperation. Then she meets Otto Gottlieb, a German-Jewish prisoner in the internment camp that her husband commands. As Europe crumbles, Evelyn’s and Otto’s mutual distrust slowly begins to change into something else.

The Man Booker Prize 2013
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Alison Macleod

Alison Macleod

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In 1987, aged 22, Alison MacLeod moved from her native Canada to England, supposedly for one year to read for an MA. The moved has proved rather more permanent: she is still here.
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