Cold Island

#UK  #HostileEnvironment  #Hopepunk

Cover of Cold Island - a crow entangled in barbed wire
Put your fate in the hands of the Borises

1989, the Berlin Wall opens and Mara is free to travel. She comes to Britain, falls in love and never leaves.
2016, the UK votes to leave the European Union, and once again, Mara is at the centre of a changing world.
She’s built her life in Britain: she has a wife, a career and a cottage in the countryside. But now Mara worries she’ll be forced to return to a Germany she no longer knows.
Faced with bureaucratic inflexibility and administrative failures, Mara needs to prove her right to remain.
But do the events of her first years in Britain hold the key to whether she’ll be allowed to stay?

Cold Island explores the personal cost of Brexit

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Lieutenant Reim Series

#GDR  #Stasi  #Spy  #Crime
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.

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East Berlin Series

#GDR #Revolution #Hopepunk

This “compelling” series (Fiona Rintoul) is set in an East Germany that didn’t end in 1990. Participatory democracy, citizen’s movements and de-centralization are part of a new political landscape.

The East Berlin Series of crime and spy novels are set in a counterfactual GDR; they’re part of a thought experiment: how could the East Germany of 1989 go from communist dictatorship to the equitable, fair and just society that many East Germans at the time dreamed of?

Most utopian novels are set in a new environment: perhaps a new planet¹, an ‘uninhabited’ or isolated island², or some future or parallel place³. But in the East Berlin Series we follow the progress of a society that is much like ours to one with more utopian properties. The series maps the changes, the successes and failures of a society navigating by the light of utopian ideals.

The GDR is changing fast, transforming itself from a Marxist-Leninist planned society into something equitable and fair – a Grassroots Democratic Republic.

But the pace of change shouldn’t be overestimated, there’s a limit to how much can be achieved in just a few short years, and opponents to the project can be found on both sides of the Berlin Wall.

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