London, 1953, Coronation year - but not the Coronation of Elizabeth II.
Thirteen years have passed since a Grand Alliance between Great Britain and Germany was formalised. George VI and his family have vanished, and Edward VIII rules as king. Yet, in practice, all power is vested in Alfred Rosenberg, Britain's Protector. The role and status of women is Rosenberg's particular interest.
Rose Ransom belongs to the elite caste of women and works at the Ministry of Culture, rewriting literature to correct the views of the past. But now she has been given a special task.
Outbreaks of insurgency have been seen across the country: graffiti daubed on public buildings. Disturbingly, the graffiti is made up of lines from forbidden works, subversive words from the voices of women. Suspicion has fallen on Widowland, the run-down slums where childless women over 50 have been banished. These women are known to be mutinous, for they have nothing to lose.
Before the Leader arrives for the Coronation ceremony of King Edward and Queen Wallis, Rose must infiltrate Widowland to find the source of this rebellion and ensure that it is quashed.
C.J Carey’s reimagining of a Vichy-style Britain is clever and steeped in historical insight
The Times, Book of the Month
June 1940: the first summer of the war. Berlin is being bombed and nightly blackouts suffocate the city.
Fabulously sophisticated entertainment
In a drama which traverses Berlin, Paris, Vienna and London, Clara Vine tries to keep her friends close, but finds her enemies are even closer.
Darkly brooding horror hangs over Germany; an irresistible page-turner packed with historical detail and told from a most unusual perspective.
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It seems like forever, but at last my first pseudonymous novel, Widowland, is out in the world! In the time between completing it and publication, a pandemic has swept the world, and astonishingly (depressingly), some of the dystopian ideas that feature in my alternative Britain actually came to pass. The closing of borders, the ending of foreign holidays and the general atmosphere of fear and vigilance could all be seen to some degree in the UK of 2020/21. I decided to write this novel under a pen name because the alternative history genre is quite different from straight period fiction. In the Clara Vine series I am always careful to observe historical events and dates as accurately as possible, but in Widowland I took liberties to see how history might have turned out. For the pen name I chose my mother’s maiden name and my own initials reversed and I’m quite enjoying my alternative persona. I’ll keep writing the Clara Vine series under my own name, but I’ll be writing more thrillers under the name C.J.Carey too. I wonder which you’ll prefer?