THE UNDERTAKING Audrey Magee ( Atlantic Books ( £12.99 In order to temporarily escape the madness of the Eastern Front, German soldier Peter Faber turns to marriage. It is a marriage of convenience, the bride one Katharina Spinell, chosen from a catalogue, a girl he has never met. The benefits are mutual: ten days’ honeymoon […]

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PLAN D by Simon Urban

PLAN D Simon Urban ( Translated by Katy Derbyshire Harvill Secker ( £14.99 October, 2011. Much of the gas used by Western Europe comes from Russia, via a pipeline network that runs through the middle of the German Democratic Republic. Weeks before the leaders of the two Germanys are due to come together to discuss […]

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AN AGENT OF DECEIT by Chris Morgan Jones

AN AGENT OF DECEIT Chris Morgan Jones ( Pan Books ( £7.99 There seems to be cyclic nature to the popularity of certain, seemingly long-dead, genres. In recent years we have seen upsurges in the popularity of westerns and pirates, for example, while the most recent rebirth, helped along greatly by Tomas Alfredson’s big screen […]

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SORRY by Zoran Drvenkar

SORRY Zoran Drvenkar ( Translated by Shaun Whiteside Blue Door (…/blue-door) £12.99 I will admit that when I saw the cover of Zoran Drvenkar’s Sorry – the first of the German author’s novels to be translated into English – my first thought was that it was a novel aimed at a young adult audience. What […]

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