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The Separation by Christopher Priest

  • The Belmont Cinema

    Belmont Street, Aberdeen (map)

    57.146745 -2.101272

  • THE SEPARATION is the story of twin brothers, rowers in the 1936 Olympics (where they met Hess, Hitler's deputy); one joins the RAF, and captains a Wellington; he is shot down after a bombing raid on Hamburg and becomes Churchill's aide-de-camp; his twin brother, a pacifist, works with the Red Cross, rescuing bombing victims in London.

    But this is not a straightforward story of the Second World War: this is an alternate history: the two brothers - both called J.L. Sawyer - live their lives in alternate versions of reality. In one, the Second World War ends as we imagine it did; in the other, thanks to efforts of an eminent team of negotiators headed by Hess, the war ends in 1941.

    THE SEPARATION is an emotionally riveting story of how the small man can make a difference; it's a savage critique of Winston Churchill, the man credited as the saviour of Britain and the Western World, and it's a story of how one perceives and shapes the past.



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  • Kevin H.
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    Keen fantasy reader for years but massive science fiction fan in the visual media so keen to... more

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    Aged 13 or 14, reading Hothouse by Brian Aldiss got me interested and then John Wyndham started... more

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  • Phrank

    And the recommended book is... Yellow Blue Tibia, by Adam Roberts.

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