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Cold Island

Britain is divided, and Mara is on the wrong side

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ISBN paperback: 978-0993324765
ISBN ebook: 978-0993324772

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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The East Berlin Series

A compelling re-imagining of East Germany’s peaceful revolution in 1989—exploring what might have been.
Fiona Rintoul, author of The Leipzig Affair
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Stealing The Future

#GDR #Revolution #Utopia #Hopepunk

The first book in the East Berlin Series.

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ISBN paperback: 9780993324703
ISBN ebook: 9780993324710

Behind the Berlin Wall a dissident is on the trail of a killer

1993. After forty years of communist rule it’s time for change in the GDR.
Direct democracy, citizen’s movements and de-centralization are part of the new political landscape.
But when a politician’s crushed body is found a constitutional crisis erupts.
Former dissident, Martin Grobe, is caught up in an investigation that points towards the KGB, the Stasi and the West Germans—but is it really the start of a putsch against the new GDR, or just a murder?

‘An honest portrayal of a young country and the struggle to keep alive the dream of freedom, justice and equality.’ – New Internationalist

Book 1 of the East Berlin Series

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Thoughts Are Free

#GDR #Revolution #Utopia #Hopepunk

The second book in the East Berlin Series.

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ISBN paperback: 9780993324727
ISBN ebook: 9780993324734

1994: Life isn’t easy in the GDR
Fascist skinheads roam the streets of East Berlin, the country is divided by a referendum.
With the start of the East German revolution in 1989 Martin Grobe switched from opposing the state to working for the state.
Four years later, the GDR is in turmoil: in a city ravaged by politics and economic meltdown it’s up to Martin to make the dreamers of 1989 face up to hard reality.
But when an ex-Stasi agent goes undercover on a mission against the fascists, events begin to spiral out of Martin’s control.

Book 2 of the East Berlin Series

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Spectre At The FeastLook InsideBuy

Spectre At The Feast

#GDR #Revolution #Utopia #Hopepunk

The third book in the East Berlin Series.

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ISBN paperback: 9780993324741
ISBN ebook: 9780993324758

East Berlin, Summer 1994
In the wake of a divisive referendum, the people of the GDR are struggling to find common ground.
Concerned that populist leader, Klaus Kaminsky, is poised to take power in East Germany, Karo and Martin come together again to defend the grassroots democracy they are helping to build.
But as Kaminsky holds rallies across the country, the mood of the people of the GDR begins to change. Can the delicate balance of round tables and workers’ councils survive, or will the country be dragged back into the authoritarian rule of the past?

“The Soldiers’ Council of the Border Regiment 33 had a
meeting this morning. We’re on strike.”
“You call this being on strike?”
“Yeah, fun isn’t it?”

Book 3 of the East Berlin Series

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Lieutenant Reim Series

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Stasi Vice

#GDR #Stasi #Spy #Crime
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ISBN paperback: 9780993324796
ISBN LARGE PRINT paperback: 9781913125042
ISBN ebook: 9780993324789

For 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.

Book 1 of the Reim Series

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Operation OskarLook InsideBuy

Operation Oskar

#GDR #Stasi #Spy #Crime


ISBN paperback: 9781913125004
ISBN LARGE PRINT paperback: 9781913125059
ISBN ebook: 9781913125011

Lieutenant Reim of the Stasi is down in the dumps. Literally.

Sent to Schöneiche landfill site on a punishment assignment, Reim soon discovers Soviet soldiers searching the tip for porn, Westerners smuggling cigarettes and a truck driver with something to hide.

Determined to find out more, Reim is soon caught up in a case that takes him over the Berlin Wall to the capitalist West. But when the KGB and the British occupation forces in Berlin take an interest, Reim begins to question whether Operation Oskar is worth risking his life for.

Book 2 of the Reim Series

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Berlin CentreLook InsideBuy

Berlin Centre

#GDR #Stasi #Spy #Crime

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ISBN paperback: 9781913125028
ISBN LARGE PRINT paperback: 9781913125066
ISBN ebook: 9781913125035

When a West German police officer defects to the GDR, he brings news of a mole in the Stasi.

Lieutenant Reim leads the initial inquiry but is unconvinced by the defector’s claims.

As news of the affair spreads through Berlin Centre, Reim is sent to Bonn on a mission to catch a mole he doesn’t want to find – does his reluctance to investigate have anything to do with the secrets he’d prefer remained hidden?

Book 3 of the Reim Series

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Baltic ApproachLook InsideBuy

Baltic Approach

#GDR #Stasi #Spy #Crime

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ISBN paperback: 9781913125080
ISBN LARGE PRINT paperback: 9781913125103
ISBN ebook: 9781913125097
When the West German, Werner Seiffert, crosses the Berlin Wall to ask for an agent by name, the Stasi want to know why.
Lieutenant Reim is haunted by the deaths of two of his colleagues, but has to leave his ghosts behind when he’s ordered to trace Seiffert.
He follows the trail north to a seaside hotel populated by spies and winter holiday makers, but is the man Reim tracks down the one he was sent to find? And can the West German force the Stasi to re-open a case that Reim had hoped was closed forever?
Book 4 of the Reim Series

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ISBN paperback: 9781913125028
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Rostock Connection

Rostock Connection

#GDR #Stasi #Spy #Crime

Book 5 of the Reim Series
Available summer 2021
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Non-fiction co-written by Max Hertzberg

A Consensus HandbookBuy

A Consensus Handbook

Co-operative decision making for activists, co-ops and communities by Seeds for Change.

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ISBN paperback: 9780957587106

Practical guide to facilitating the consensus decision making process
Includes:

  • Skills and tools for facilitation and decision making
  • Small and large groups
  • Face to face or virtual meetings
  • Spirit and philosophy of consensus decision making
  • Troubleshoot your consensus process – a guide to dealing with common pitfalls and problems
  • Consensus in the wider world – how can consensus decision making be used outside small groups?

Whether you’re new to consensus or are experienced; whether you think it’s the best way to make decisions or are struggling to make it work: this book is for you!

Excellent – clear guidance, thoughtful reflection on power and conflict’ – The Guardian

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How to Set Up a Workers' Co-operativeBuy

How to Set Up a Workers’ Co-operative

Published by Radical Routes.

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ISBN paperback: 9781899212033

A practical guide to setting up and running a workers’ co-op, with information and tips on equitable working, legal issues and running a business.
Includes:

  • What is a workers’ co-op
  • Setting up your co-op, business planning and raising finance
  • Running a business and working together
  • Choosing your legal form (includes Coops UK approved model articles for a Workers’ Co-op (Company limited by guarantee))
  • Sample employment contracts, grievance and disciplinary procedures etc
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