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Interregnum is a triple-decker alternative history, thriller, and literary cryptogram.
Think The Name of the Rose, SS-GB, The Man in The High Castle and The Crown rolled into one read.
1946. Britain is occupied by Nazi Germany. All seems lost—until the February Rising sees off Hitler. The Fuhrer’s death triggers a struggle for power among the Nazis, revolt across the Occupied Continent, and schism in the Oval Office in Washington.
Caught in this maelstrom are the teenage princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. For Churchill, what price the lives of the two women, first and second in line to the throne, weighed against the threat of an atom bomb poised to destroy New York?
A Tolstoyan cast includes the princesses , their uncle Edward VIII, Wallis Simpson, President Truman, the Kennedy family and sundry Air Chief Marshals, Field Marshals and First Sea Lords... There's also an astonishing and unforgettable walk on part: the ironic footnotes.
As to the plot, this literary Ludo (or Game of Thrones) keeps its readers guessing until the very last word.
Jim Ring first came to prominence as the author of Erskine Childers ( John Murray 1996) which won the Marsh Prize for Biography. He is the author of five further books: How the English Made the Alps; ( John Murray 2000), We come Unseen: the Untold Story of Britan’s Cold War Submariners (John Murray 2001) which won the Mountbatten Prize; Riviera,(John Murray 2004) Storming the Eagle’s Nest,( Faber & Faber 2013) and How the Navy Won the War (Seaforth 2018) which was shortlisted for the Mountbatten Prize.
We Come Unseen was the subject of a TV documentary to which Jim acted as script consultant.
In 2005 he founded a film production company, specialising in documentaries. Incomers (ITV 2008) dramatises the challenges faced by immigrants in the UK. He has made a series of films about nuclear energy, including one about the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster.
Interregnum is his first novel
Jim Ring has produced a most compelling thriller — full of unexpected twists and turns on almost every page —and set against the ghastly prospect of the Nazi Occupation of Britain. This is not for the faint-hearted.’ General FR Dannat, Baron Dannatt
‘It’s horribly credible, cleverly full of real people and fake ones deftly mixed, and absolutely essential reading now, when nothing is as it seems.’ Peter York, author, broadcaster, commentator and journalist
‘A fine contribution to the literature of alternative history, and a truly exciting read.’ Sam LLewellyn, author, columnist and marine historian
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