A war story, a spy story, a double love story, and a compelling ride through World War II from the "other side".
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In Berlin in January 1939, Major-General Erich von Schellendorf meets Celia Ashton at the British Ambassador's annual New Year's Levee, and steps into a casual affaire. By August, on the eve of Hitler's inevitable war, they are dangerously in love.
Caught on the brink of war,
. between his German wife who will not live with him and the Englishwoman who loves him .
. between his English roots and his life in Germany .
. between British Military Intelligence and his career in the Wehrmacht .
. between his love of the Army and his hatred for Hitler . Erich finds himself cornered by the appalling reality of Nazi control over the country, and by the realization that out of uniform he has no individual identity. Compelled to pursue his own troubled conscience, he maintains a delicate balance of honour through the most destructive war in history.
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"The English General . got under my skin. It is about people living through an ever-intensifying nightmare of political betrayal and war, and it resonates profoundly with the present."
-Harriet Ellenberger, poet, essayist, literary editor