Britain is divided, and Mara is on the wrong side

Cold Island

Cover of Cold Island - a crow entangled in barbed wireIt’s more than twenty-five years since Mara arrived in Britain, yet today she no longer feels safe in the country she thought she knew.

Desperate to prove her right to remain in the country, but trapped between bureaucratic inflexibility and administrative failure, Mara sees no other option than to go underground. There she meets others who have made their home in the UK but are now being forced to lead their lives in the half-shadows of society.

Supported by a secretive group calling themselves the Borises, Mara and her new friends head across the moors of northern England, hoping to reach relative safety in Scotland—but Immigration Enforcement is never far behind.

This compellingly tender novel explores the personal costs of Brexit

#UK  #HostileEnvironment  #Hopepunk

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The Stasi, cracking GDR crime

Lieutenant Reim Series

Covers of the first four books in the Reim seriesFor Lieutenant Reim of the Stasi, life in East Berlin is a satisfying blend of days behind a desk and nights in front of a bottle.

But when a senior officer has a messy affair, it falls to Reim to do the clearing up.

It should be a straightforward job. Lean on a few people to get them to shut up. Intimidate neighbours, bribe officials and appeal to the socialist conscience of Party members. But when Reim starts his interrogations, he realises his boss is hiding more than just a lover.

Lieutenant Reim begins to investigate his superior—and what he uncovers puts his own life at risk.

#GDR #Stasi #Spy #Crime

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What if the GDR still existed …

East Berlin Series

Covers of the East Berlin SeriesThis “compelling” series (Fiona Rintoul) is set in an East Germany that didn’t end in 1990.

1993. After forty years of communist rule it’s time for change: participatory democracy, citizen’s movements and de-centralization are part of a new political landscape in East Berlin. But when a politician’s crushed body is found a constitutional crisis erupts.

Ex-dissident Martin Grobe turns detective and his investigations point towards the Stasi, the KGB and the West Germans—has he uncovered a putsch against the new GDR, or is it just a conspiracy to murder?

#GDR #Revolution #Hopepunk

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